This novel intrigues from the start, with the mysterious re-appearance of Emilia’s husband after a 30 year absence, since his arrest as a 'subversive' under Argentina’s military regime. Is this a ghost story? Can Emilia, haunted by memories and longing, be a reliable witness? Or is it all a figment of her imagination? Though not quite magical realism, the ambiguous, elusive nature of the narrative keeps us mystified, and compelled to find out.