Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis
A new novel from the author of The Gods of Tango....
In defiance of the brutal military government that took power in Uruguay in the 1970s, and under which homosexuality is a dangerous transgression, five women miraculously find one another—and, together, an isolated cape that they claim as their own. Over the next thirty-five years, they travel back and forth from this secret sanctuary, sometimes together, sometimes in pairs, with lovers in tow or alone.
Throughout it all, they will be tested repeatedly—by their families, lovers, society, and one another—as they fight to live authentic lives. A groundbreaking, genre-defining work, Cantoras is a breathtaking portrait of queer love, community, forgotten history, and the strength of the human spirit.
“A stunning lullaby to revolution. . . . Again and again, I was lifted, then gently set down again—either through tears, rage, or laughter.” —Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winner and author of Red at the Bone
“A lyrical, richly sensory novel. . . . Pointedly relevant to our own dangerous age, Carolina De Robertis has gifted us a majestic work of song and imagination, a handbook to survival for us all.” —Cristina García, author of Here in Berlin
“A gripping, lush, and ultimately hopeful story of five queer women fighting for their lives under a dictatorship. It was the type of good that when I finished I thought: I am going to read everything [De Robertis] writes forever.” —Madeline Miller, PBS NewsHour
“Every line of this gorgeous and grippingly adventurous tale sings with lush, aqueous beauty.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
Publication Date: 2 June 2020