Through war and itsaftermaths, a woman fights to keep her daughters safe.Â Like peasants through the ages, she desperatelyslashes and burns in order to make a place for her children to return to. A country girl sees hervillage sacked and her beloved father disappeared. She is taken to themountains to join the guerrillas, who force her to give up the baby she conceives.Surviving the rebellion, and now a woman, she sets out to find her daughter,travelling across the Atlantic with meagre resources. She returns to acommunity in which civilians, the militia and the ex-guerrilla fighters have tolive together in a society riddled with distrust, fear and hypocrisy. Hernandez’ narrators havethe level gaze of ordinary women reckoning with extraordinary hardship.Denouncing the ruthless machismo of combat with quiet intelligence, Slash and Burn creates a suspenseful, slow-burningrevelation of rural life in the aftermath of political trauma.