Signal to Noise: The Playlist

Which song would you use to cast a spell? Whether it’s “Running Up That Hill” or “Gangnam Style”, music has an unparalleled ability to take us back to a specific time or place, but the teenagers in Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s dazzling debut, Signal to Noise, discover a knack for literally making magic with their vinyl records.

Now you can dive into the musical soul of the book ahead of its re-release with this Signal to Noise playlist, curated by Silvia Moreno-Garcia herself!

Mexico City, 1988. Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said “I love you” with a mixtape. Meche, awkward and fifteen, discovers how to cast spells using music, and with her friends Sebastian and Daniela will piece together their broken families, and even find love…

Two decades after abandoning the metropolis, Meche returns for her estranged father’s funeral, reviving memories from her childhood she thought she buried a long time ago. What really happened back then? Is there any magic left?

“The book is this rich, elaborate symphony of awesome that defies simple definitions.” — Kirkus

“In many ways, Signal to Noise is a coming-of-age tale, but it’s also the tale of what comes after – and what happens when forces beyond our control, magical or otherwise, are better left that way.” — NPR

“Haunting and beautifully nuanced, Signal to Noise is a magical first novel.” — The Guardian

“Numerous ’80s musical references make this unusual story a welcome blast from the past.” — Publisher’s Weekly

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