‘Catastrophic damage will occur’: so reads the impact assessment attached to the fifth and highest category on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, the metric used to classify the intensity of tropical cyclones across the Atlantic and northern Pacific oceans. It is a warning that might just as well appear on the cover of Hurricane Season, the second novel by Mexican author Fernanda Melchor, and the first to be translated into English. Its long, freewheeling sentences chronicle an unrelenting process of destruction that rips through the village of La Matosa, situated in the rural hinterlands of Melchor’s birth state of Veracruz.
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