Brenda Navarro and Kevin Jared Hosein discuss their books, literature, class inequality and other issues that articulate their stories as part of our International Equity Series. Navarro’s Empty Houses is set in Mexico City and unfolds in the aftermath of a child’s disappearance, and examines the desires, regrets and social pressures of motherhood. Hosein’s Hungry Ghosts is a novel about two families, one living in a luxury unrecognisable to the other, who reside in the shadow of their farm. It is a book about violence, religion, family and class, rooted in the wild and pastoral landscape of colonial central Trinidad. They speak to Thea Lenarduzzi, TLS writer and author of Dandelions.