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Monstrilio : a novel / Gerardo Sámano Córdova.


"An utterly unique and ambitious literary horror debut about a boy who transforms into a monster, a monster who tries to be a man, and the people who love him in every form he takes. Grieving mother Magos cuts out a piece of her deceased eleven-year-old son Santiago's lung. Acting on fierce, inexplicable maternal instinct and the dubious logic of an old folktale, she nurtures the lung until it gains sentience, growing into the carnivorous little Monstrilio she keeps hidden within the walls of her family's decaying Mexico City estate. Eventually, Monstrilio begins to resemble the Santiago he once was, but his innate monstrous impulses- though curbed by his biological and chosen family's communal care- threaten to destroy his fragile second chance at humanity. A thought-provoking meditation on grief, acceptance, and the monstrous sides of love and loyalty, Sámano Córdova blends bold imagination and evocative prose with deep emotional rigor. Told in four acts that span the globe from Brooklyn to Berlin, Monstrilio offers, with uncanny clarity, a cathartic and precise portrait of being human"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781638930365
  • ISBN: 1638930368
  • Physical Description: 326 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Zando, 2023.
Subject: Monsters > Fiction.
Death > Fiction.
Grief > Fiction.
Mexico City (Mexico) > Fiction.
Genre: Magic realist fiction.
Horror fiction.

Available copies

  • 5 of 5 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Camden County Library.


  • 0 current holds with 5 total copies.
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Camden County Library District - Osage Beach FIC SAMANO CORDOVA (Text) 31320003911687 Adult Fiction Available -

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