Published in 1933, the first novel by Erico Verissimo comes the discovery of a young thirteen year old who moved from the countryside to the capital of Rio Grande do Sul. Optimistic, confident, Clarissa lives in her aunt's guesthouse. Coexists with characters that arouse with the tensions of growing up. A retired major, an unhappy musician, a Jew and a Protestant who argue endlessly, a romantic woman, an unemployed, a cat, a fish and a parrot are some of the residents of the guesthouse d. Eufrasina. Through the looking girl, one of Brazilian authors portrays devoted to Porto Alegre in the 30s, with the contradictions of the country and the world at that period, an interesting read for all time.