From a new literary star comes a beautifully crafted story about a group of women in a Colombian village who find their lives changed while their husbands and sons are away fighting a deadly civil war.
The women of Mariquita – made widows when their men are swept away by the army or rebel forces – learn hard lessons about love and survival. Forced to grow in extraordinary ways, they challenge the tenets of male-dominated society, discover power with all its pitfalls and strive to create an entirely new social order, an all-female utopia. Their narrative is punctuated by short vignettes of the individual travails of the men and boys – left-wing guerrillas, right-wing paramilitaries, national army officers and civilians – caught amidst these hellish forces.
For the first 18 years of his life, the author, James Cañón, lived in his native Colombia and this pitch-perfect book – darkly comedic, its characters brilliantly etched – is a mighty achievement, an entirely fresh, startling perspective to Colombia’s catastrophe where the longest and bloodiest civil war in this hemisphere has raged for 40 years.
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