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Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2019, 336 pages
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    Jun 2020, 336 pages

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A sobering exploration of life under authoritarian rule, an unabashed celebration of queer sexuality and a generous work of historical fiction.

Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis follows five characters who share a house, troubles, joys and parts of their lives over the course of three decades. They also share the secret of being "cantoras," women who are attracted to women. The Spanish word "cantora" refers to a woman singer or, as one of the characters suggestively puts it, "a woman who sings."

The novel opens under the Uruguayan military dictatorship in the late 1970s (see Beyond the Book), as four young women and one teenage girl make their way to Cabo Polonio, a remote area on the country's eastern coast. The gathering has been orchestrated by Flaca and Romina, former lovers who have remained friends. Flaca has brought her new girlfriend Anita, a woman trapped in a miserable marriage who the others soon dub "La Venus" due to her stunning beauty, and Paz, a 15-year-old Flaca met at her parents butcher shop who reminded her ...

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