A powerful, eerily unsettling story collection from a major international literary star.

Unearthly and unexpected, the stories in Mouthful of Birds burrow their way into your psyche and don't let go. Samanta Schweblin haunts and mesmerizes in this extraordinary, masterful collection.

Schweblin's stories have the feel of a sleepless night, where every shadow and bump in the dark take on huge implications, leaving your pulse racing, and the line between the real and the strange blur.


Audiobook table of contents:
Headlights, read by Erin Bennett
 Preserves, read by Allyson Ryan
 Butterflies, read by Mark Bramhall
 Mouthful of Birds, read by Kaleo Griffith
 Santa Claus Sleeps at Our House, read by Kirby Heyborne
 The Digger, read by Rob Shapiro
 Irman, read by Mark Deakins
The Test, read by Fred Sanders
 Toward Happy Civilization, read by Mark Bramhall
 Olingiris, read by Erin Bennett
 My Brother Walter, read by Arthur Morey
 The Merman, read by Hillary Huber
 Rage of Pestilence, read by Paul Boehmer
 Heads Against Concrete, read by Robbie Daymond
 The Size of Things, read by Fred Sanders
 Underground, read by Ray Porter
 Slowing Down, read by Danny Campbell
 On the Steppe, read by Cassandra Campbell
 A Great Effort, read by  John H. Mayer
 The Heavy Suitcase of Benavides, read by Josh Horowitz
Praise for Mouthful of Birds

"Schweblin is among the most acclaimed Spanish-language writers of her generation.... [H]er true ancestor could only be David Lynch; her tales are woven out of dread, doubles and confident loose ends.... What makes Schweblin so startling as a writer, however, what makes her rare and important, is that she is impelled not by mere talent or ambition but by vision, and that vision emerges from intense concern with the world, with the hidden cruelties in our relationships with all that is vulnerable — children, rivers, language, one another." —New York Times

"The author’s flair for intertwining surrealism with delicate emotionality is again on full display in Mouthful of Birds, a collection of short stories that sit somewhere between miniature mysteries and fairy tales. In this slim and superb book, Schweblin takes on the desire to love, to parent, and to care for one’s own body—hardly extraordinary themes—and invests them with a fresh poignancy." —Vogue

"Admirers of Schweblin's work will be delighted to learn that she hasn't lost any of the atmospheric creepiness that made Fever Dream such an unsettling ride. Mouthful of Birds, is just as ethereal and bizarre as its predecessor, and it proves that Schweblin is a master of elegant and uncanny fiction.... Schweblin is gifted at treating the otherworldly with a matter-of-fact attitude, writing about the surreal as if it were unremarkable.... And her writing, beautifully translated by Megan McDowell, is consistently perfect; she can evoke more feelings in one sentence than many writers can in a whole story. Fans of literature that looks at the world from a skewed point of view will find much to love in Schweblin's book, and so will anyone who appreciates originality and bold risk-taking. Mouthful of Birds is a stunning achievement from a writer whose potential is beginning to seem limitless." —NPR

"Surreal, disturbing, and decidedly original.” —Library Journal, starred review

"Schweblin once again deploys a heavy dose of nightmare fuel in this frightening, addictive collection…canny, provocative, and profoundly unsettling." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The Grimm brothers and Franz Kafka pay a visit to Argentina in Samanta Schweblin’s darkly humorous tales of people who have slipped through cracks or fallen down holes into alternate realities." —JM Coetzee

"Schweblin's imagination seemingly knows no bounds.” —Refinery29

“Like her previous work and her award-nominated novel Fever DreamMouthful of Birds blurs the line between what is reality, what is fantasy, and what is madness.” —Bustle

“Schweblin is back with this book of short stories, each more unnerving than the last, and all with the unique ability to leave you with that throbbing, pulsing feeling following an electric shock or a sleepless night or a solid scare or all of the above.” —Nylon

"Schweblin builds dense and uncanny worlds, probing the psychology of human relationships and the ways we perceive existence and interpret culture, with dark humor and sharp teeth. An assemblage of both gauzy and substantial stories from an unquestionably imaginative author." —Kirkus Review

"Intense… [has] a visceral effect as Schweblin navigates the extremes of her characters’ actions and thoughts, both healing and destructive.” —Booklist

Praise for Fever Dream

2017 International Man Booker Prize finalist

"To call Schweblin’s novella eerie and hallucinatory is only to gesture at its compact power; the fantastical here simply dilates a reality we begin to accept as terrifying and true.... Schweblin’s book is suffused with haunting images and big questions." —New York Times Book Review

"Samanta Schweblin’s electric story reads like a Fever Dream." —Vanity Fair

"I picked up Fever Dream in the wee hours, and a low, sick thrill took hold of me as I read it. I was checking the locks in my apartment by page thirty. By the time I finished the book, I couldn’t bring myself to look out the windows…. [T]he genius of Fever Dream is less in what it says than in how Schweblin says it, with a design at once so enigmatic and so disciplined that the book feels as if it belongs to a new literary genre altogether." —Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker

"A nauseous, eerie read, sickeningly good." —Emma Cline, The Girls

"Subtle, dreamy and indelibly creepy." —The Economist (Best Books of 2017)

"Never have I ever been so afraid to read a book right before bed." —Marie Claire

"A spare, hypnotic literary page-turner." —O, The Oprah Magazine

"Mesmerizing... Schweblin, though, is an artist of remarkable restraint… Schweblin renders psychological trauma with such alacrity that the conceit of a poisoned environment feels almost beside the point." —The Washington Post

"This small debut novel packs a mighty, and lingering, punch.... [A] compact, but explosive, package. Schweblin delivers a skin-prickling masterclass in dread and suspense.... With virtuoso skill, well served in Megan McDowell’s finely textured translation, Schweblin fuses a study in maternal anxiety with an ecological horror story. She refracts both strands through the eerie prism of her narrative, almost as if Henry James had scripted a disaster movie about toxic agribusiness." —The Economist

"Elusiveness takes a terrifyingly creepy form in this dazzling short novel." —NPR

"Unsettling... [T]he novel represents a perfect marriage of form and subject, in which its narrative instability — which is so of the literary moment — viscerally recreates the insecurities of life in the Argentine countryside today.... [Schweblin] has found ways to electrify and destabilize the physical world... [Fever Dream is] the scariest of all things: a ghost story that is, in essence, true." —Los Angeles Times