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Newspaper: World Literature Today
Date: Oct 28 2015

The Distant Marvels

Chantel Acevedo

Europa Editions

Steeped in the history and culture of Cuba, this novel is a story within a story. Set in 1963, during the danger of Hurricane Flora, the book focuses on seven evacuated women. The most prominent among them is María Sirena, who begins to tell her trapped comrades the story of her parents and her childhood during the Third War of Independence. Sirena’s story reveals something about the hurricane narrative, as story and life quickly become inalterably intertwined.