This riveting story is inspired by the author's experiences in Mexico City. Carla, an American estranged from her Mexican father, heads to Mexico City to find herself. A story about the youthful desire to live an authentic life and the consequences of trusting easy answers, La perdida-at once grounded in the particulars of life in Mexico and resonantly universal-is a story about finding oneself by getting lost. NOTE: Published originally in English with the same title, La perdida. An emotional, beautifully crafted odyssey. -Kirkus Reviews
… the real joy here is that you should see it coming given how skillfully Abel layers in the inevitability of the twist. Suddenly the book jolts from quotidian travelogue into thrilling adventure territory. But Carla is no superhero. She is, frankly, ceaselessly selfish, an annoying idealist and a little bit of a deadbeat. But it makes her resourcefulness and smarts as she negotiates her way out of peril by book's end all the more thrilling.