Virginia Feito: the Spanish writer who writes in English and triumphs

She has been nicknamed “the Spanish Patricia Highsmith”.

Virginia Feito, born in Madrid in 1988, managed to break into the American literary market thanks to her first novel, Mrs March, a psychological horror novel set in New York City, originally written in English. After being hailed by American critics, the novel has just been published in Spanish (senora march, Lumens).

The novel tells the story of Mrs. March, the wife of a successful writer who enjoys the good life in the sophisticated Upper East Side until a saleswoman at a bakery asks her if her husband was inspired by her to create the protagonist. of his latest novel — a prostitute — which awakens anguish and paranoid thoughts.

According to EFE, Feito, who is the daughter of a former Spanish diplomat and has lived in Paris, London, New York and Madrid, decided to write her first novel in English because it is the language she finds “easiest”. after growing up under the influence of the North American culture that his parents brought home after their long stays in the United States.

“All the culture and vocabulary that I absorbed from books and movies was in English,” she said. EFE.

The novel received critical acclaim in the United States, who compared it to writers such as Patricia Highsmith and Shirley Jackson, considered the queen of the domestic psychological horror genre.

“In reality, anything can be scary and since I’m a very hypochondriac and obsessive person, it doesn’t take much,” Feito said. EFE.

How could a Spaniard represent the New York high society lifestyle so well? Because she had the chance to know him well.

“When I traveled over the years with my parents to New York, it was five-star madness. All we did was walk up and down Fifth Avenue and then eat oysters at the Palace,” Feito explained in another interview with the online outlet. , EPE.

Mrs. March’s story, with its anxieties and delusions, caught the attention of actress and director Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, The Handmaid’s Tale), who in the midst of the pandemic, contacted Feito to say that the novel had captivated her and that she wanted to star in it. The project is not yet a reality, but Feito is convinced that it will be underway soon.