The Dust Never Settles

Pages: 384
Subject: Fiction
Imprint: Oneworld

The Dust Never Settles

Karina Lickorish Quinn

A hauntingly beautiful debut for fans of Isabel Allende and Kazuo Ishiguro
9780861543168 (2 Jun 2022)
RRP £9.99
9780861540440 (7 Oct 2021)
RRP £16.99

The Book

'A breath-taking writer of singular voice.' Patrick Flanery, author of Absolution

'I have seen ghosts. They will not rest. The whispers of the past are all around...'

Anaïs Echeverría left Peru, the country where she grew up, many years ago. She has built a new life for herself in London: engaged and pregnant, she dares to believe that she has left the ghosts of her family's past behind.

But now she must return to Lima to sell her ancestral home, the notorious yellow house that looms over the sprawling city below. Concealed within its walls are spectres from the past that demand her attention, remnants of the injustices on which both her country and her house were built. 

The Dust Never Settles sweeps from the bustling beaches and teeming salsa halls of contemporary Lima to the rise and fall of the Inca empire; from vengeful Andean gods, to fishermen crammed into local ceviche bars and a civil war that will devastate the nation. Hauntingly beautiful, effortlessly poetic and epic in scope, it is the story of Anaïs's uneasy homecoming, and a reckoning with secrets that refuse to stay buried. 

Additional Information

Subject Fiction
Pages 384
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Karina Lickorish Quinn is a bilingual, Peruvian-British writer raised in Lima, the English Midlands and New York. Karina has a BA from Oxford University, an MA from UCL, and a PhD from Queen Mary University of London. She is a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Leeds. 

Her short fiction features in Un Nuevo Sol, the first major anthology of British-Latinx writers, published by Flipped Eye Publishing. Her work has also appeared in The Offing, Asymptote, The Journal of Latina Critical Feminism, and Palabritas. In 2016, she was shortlisted for The White Review's short story prize. The Dust Never Settles is her first novel.


'Once inside this decaying mansion, [Anaïs] and we are transfixed by a series of spectres from the Echeverrías' history. Lickorish Quinn's best sentences… flow through present participles that conjure sights and sounds… strange, and spectacular.'

- Sunday Telegraph

'A heady blend of Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in which stories and visions proliferate dizzyingly in all directions, this is an impressive first outing.'

- Daily Mail

'An absolute must-read. I was glued to its pages from the first to the last and am still struggling to believe that such an accomplished creation is Quinn's debut… A wonderfully immersive experience.'

- Literary Flits

'The writing is brilliant, the scope of the novel is quite astounding especially given it is a debut… Did it make my head spin - yes it did. Would I recommend it on to others - yes I would. Would I read her next novel - yes I would.'

- Independent Book Reviews

'Lickorish Quinn's magnificent debut enchants from first page to last... A breath-taking writer of singular voice.'

- Patrick Flanery, author of Absolution

'A mesmerising feat of imagination and a masterful debut.'

- Paul Lynch, author of Irish Novel of the Year winner, Grace

'Karina Lickorish Quinn is the new face of magic realism. She has given it, through Anaïs, a female body and soul… She makes it sing, she makes it work and she has built a world that stands on its own three feet. Like its title, The Dust Never Settles will stay floating inside the reader, impossible to forget or unsee.'

- Laia Jufresa, author of Umami

'An innovative and precisely imagined exploration of identity, family, ghosts, and the intersection between personal and national history. It swept me away.'

- Clare Fisher, author of All the Good Things

'The Dust Never Settles is ambitious, fascinating and endlessly inventive - a time-bending, kaleidoscopic fever dream in which the living coexist with the dead, and the past with present.'

- Luiza Sauma, author of Everything You Ever Wanted

'Karina Lickorish Quinn has rendered on the page a person and a place in all their conflicted histories so convincingly and dizzyingly and singularly that the very ink haunts. It leaves a shadow text on the reader's psyche. The Dust Never Settles is a marvelous, vertiginous work that mercilessly conveys the post-colonial state.'

- Caoilinn Hughes, author of The Wild Laughter

'Always colourful, its magical realism beautifully realised, this novel brims with Peruvian folklore and history as Anaïs negotiates ghosts from the past and comes to terms with long-buried secrets.'

- Daily Mail

'The sheer scope and ambition of this extraordinary novel mesmerises with its lucidity and force of imagination… A superb debut novel by one of the most exciting British Latinx voices of a generation.'

- Morning Star

'A love letter to Peru and Latin America as a whole, to the author's ancestors, and to the endless ghosts of the past. This ambitiously crafted book stayed with me long after I finished reading.' 

- Leo Boix, author of Ballad of a Happy Immigrant