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Cantoras

by De Robertis, Carolina,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 14 Libraries 14 of 15 copies
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Summary
" Cantoras is a stunning lullaby to revolution--and each woman in this novel sings it with a deep ferocity. Again and again, I was lifted, then gently set down again--either through tears, rage, or laughter. Days later, I am still inside this song of a story." --Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award-winning author

From the highly acclaimed, award-winning author of The Gods of Tango , a revolutionary new novel about five wildly different women who, in the midst of the Uruguayan dictatorship, find one another as lovers, friends, and ultimately, family.

In 1977 Uruguay, a military government crushed political dissent with ruthless force. In this environment, where the everyday rights of people are under attack, homosexuality is a dangerous transgression to be punished. And yet Romina, Flaca, Anita "La Venus," Paz, and Malena--five cantoras, women who "sing"--somehow, miraculously, find one another. Together, they discover an isolated, nearly uninhabited cape, Cabo Polonio, which they claim as their secret sanctuary. Over the next thirty-five years, their lives move back and forth between Cabo Polonio and Montevideo, the city they call home, as they return, sometimes together, sometimes in pairs, with lovers in tow, or alone. And throughout, again and again, the women will be tested--by their families, lovers, society, and one another--as they fight to live authentic lives.

A genre-defining novel and De Robertis's masterpiece, Cantoras is a breathtaking portrait of queer love, community, forgotten history, and the strength of the human spirit. At once timeless and groundbreaking, Cantoras is a tale about the fire in all our souls and those who make it burn.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Cantoras is the Spanish word for singers. In her luminous new novel, however, de Robertis' (The Gods of Tango, 2015) uses it to refer to the five queer women in Uruguay who form the heart and soul of the story, singers in the sense that they remain true to themselves and sing in the way they choose to live their lives. In the early 1930s, the government had declared homosexual activity legal, but now, decades later, a coup and subsequent military dictatorship has led to punishment and even death for those who defy the norms. Somehow these women manage not only to survive but to thrive under hostile conditions. De Robertis tells their stories with heart and compassion as the women move back and forth between the city of Montevideo and the hamlet of Cabo Polonio. These five vibrant yet very different women are open to new experiences and unafraid to choose their own reality as they struggle with notions of family, friendship, and love while living under the shadow of despotism. A literary ode to difference.--June Sawyers Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This sensuous tale from De Robertis (The Gods of Tango) takes readers to the author's native Uruguay during the 1970s to follow the harrowing lives of five women living under dictatorship. Bonded as cantoras, or "women who sing" (a coded term for lesbians at the time), Flaca, Romina, Anita, Malena, and Paz escape the oppression of their country's new regime and enjoy freedom at Cabos Polonio, a little known beach. Flaca is a risk taker who bucks tradition; Paz, a 16-year-old romantic just discovering who she is; Romina, a revolutionary who continues to fight despite punishment; Malena, a mysterious one hiding a dark past; and Anita, a beautiful housewife with dreams beyond her marriage. Back home in Montevideo, people disappear and women are raped, but in Polonio, relationships and romance flourish. Over the course of 35 years, these friends and lovers form a makeshift family as they struggle to find their place and awake to their true desires. After the dissolution of the civic-military dictatorship in 1985, formerly forbidden romances are allowed to take root and the characters learn how to live under democracy. De Robertis does a fine job of probing the harsh realities of what it takes to carve out a life of freedom under an oppressive government. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Female friendship -- Fiction.
Lesbians -- Fiction.
Sexual minority community -- Uruguay -- Fiction.
Homosexuality -- Government policy -- Uruguay -- Fiction.
Self-actualization (Psychology) in women -- Fiction.
Uruguay -- Politics and government -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Polonio, Cape (Uruguay) -- Fiction.
Montevideo (Uruguay) -- Fiction.
Uruguay -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes "This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
Description 317 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780525521693
0525521690
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