Derek Palacio&rsquo;s stunning, mythic novel marks the arrival of
a fresh voice and a new chapter in the history of 21st century
In 1980, a rural Cuban family is
torn apart during the Mariel Boatlift. Uxbal
Encarnaci&oacute;n&mdash;father, husband, political
insurgent&mdash;refuses to leave behind the revolutionary ideals
and lush tomato farms of his sun-soaked homeland. His wife 'soledad
takes young Isabel and Ulises hostage and flees with them to America,
leaving behind Uxbal for the promise of a better life. But instead of
settling with fellow Cuban immigrants in Miami&rsquo;s familiar
heat, 'soledad pushes further north into the stark, wintry landscape
of Hartford, Connecticut.
There, in the long shadow of their estranged patriarch, now just
a distant memory, the exiled mother and her children begin a process
of growth and transformation.
Each struggles and flourishes in
their own way :Isabel, spiritually hungry and desperate for higher
purpose, finds herself tethered to death and the dying in uncanny
ways. Ulises is bookish and awkwardly tall, like his father, whose
memory haunts and shapes the boy's thoughts and desires. Presiding
over them both is 'soledad. Once consumed by her love for her husband,
she begins a tempestuous new relationship with a Dutch tobacco farmer.
But just as the Encarnaci&oacute;ns begin to cultivate their
strange new way of life, Cuba calls them back.
Uxbal is alive, and waiting.
Breathtaking, soulful, and
profound, The Mortifications i> is an intoxicating family
saga and a timely, urgent expression of longing for one's true
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