In the tradition of such beloved contemporary classics as How the García Girls Lost Their Accents
and Dreaming in Cuban
, Carmen Boullosa's Leaving Tabasco
is a lovely coming-of-age novel full of humor and touched by magic.
Raised by her mother and grandmother, in an all-female home with not enough affection but more than enough stories to go around, Delmira Ulloa comes into adulthood with a wicked sense of humor and a delightful imagination. Agustini is not an ordinary villageDelmira grows up in a world where she sees her grandmother floating above the bed when she sleeps; where her grandmother remembers a time when stones turned into water; where during the dry season one can purchase torrential rains at a traveling fair; where her family's elderly serving woman develops stigmata, then disappears completely. As Delmira becomes a woman she will search for the missing stranger who fathered her, and in choosing her own allegiances make a choice that will force her to leave home forever.
Brimming with the spirit of its irrepressible heroine and the magic of her grandmother's nightly bedtime stories, Leaving Tabasco
is a story of great charm and depth that will remain in its readers' hearts for a long time.
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