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Delirium by Laura Restrepo
Delirium is set in Colombia and begins with Aguilar, who had been a literature professor, running an errand. When he returns, he finds his wife, Agustina, has gone mad during his absence. He sets out to find the mystery of what happened to his beloved wife. Agustina is a beautiful woman from a wealthy background, and used to protect her younger brother, Bichi, from her father's anger, while also hoping that her brother's actions wouldn't drive her father away. Part of the story is also told by Midas, Agustina's ex-lover, and a money launderer for a drug cartel, who assists her, and her grandfather, Nicolas. It's a story of family secrets and deceptions, set amid the violence and corruption of Colombia, as Aguilar struggles to unlock the mysteries of his wife's madness. Laura Restrepo's novel (which has already received several literary prizes) has received positive reviews with the San Diego Union-Tribune saying, "And yet the novel is a rich literary journey that delivers lush rewards late in the game. Laura Restrepo has created a diamond-hard vision that ultimately yields a layered, subtle, intelligent yet audacious sense of life."