Teresa Dovalpage Habanera: A Portrait of a Cuban Family. ISBN 978-1-888205-37-4. $24.95.

Habanera is a wonderfully lively and entertaining journey, alternately humorous and wistful. By the end, you will feel as if you have traveled to one of the most exotic islands on earth, during its most surrealistic historical moment. Dovalpage is a master of quirky, loveable characters, and emotionally resonant narrative. Habanera bursts with the energetic curiosity and hopefulness of youth. Margarita Engle, Newbery Honor-winning author of The Surrender Tree.

La Habanera is an irresistible, even wickedly addictive ride into dysfunction within dysfunction. Rick in wit and irony provided by Longina, a savvy young narrator coming of age in an eccentric family living in post-revolutionary Cuba, this novel delivers what Dovalpage does best: laugh-out-loud humor and deeply felt, deeply moving drama-all of it sharply spiced with bad and bawdy sandunga! Lorraine López, author of The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters, winner of the Miguel Mármol Prize for Fiction and a finalist for the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award.

Teresa Dovalge is the author of Por Culpa de Candela. Teresa has a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature and is the author of five novels, three in Spanish and two in English, and a collection of short stories in Spanish. Her plays has been staged in Chicago by Aguijon Theater and in small theaters in Miami. Her articles, reviews and short stories have appeared in Rosebud, Latino Today, Afro-Hispanic Review, Baquiana, La Peregrina, Letras Femeninas, El Nuevo Herald and other publications. She currently works as a freelancer for The Taos News and the bilingual paper Mas New Mexico. Visit her website at www.dovalpage.com. Teresa presently lives in Taos, New Mexico, where she teaches Spanish and Spanish Literature at UNM-Taos. Her blog in Spanish, that complements her narrative workshop, is dovalpage.wordpress.com and her blog in English, where some of her articles are posted, is teredovalpage.wordpress.com. Teresa Dovalpage was born in Havana and presently lives in Taos, New Mexico. She is the author of the novels A Girl like Che Guevara (Soho Press, 2004) and Posesas de La Habana (Haunted ladies of Havana, " PurePlay Press, 2004). Her third novel Muerte de un murciano en La Habana (Death of a Murcian in Havana, Anagrama, 2006) was a runner-up for the Herralde Award in Spain. Her collection of short stories Por culpa de Candela! was published by Floricanto Press in 2008. She won the Rincón de la Victoria Award in Spain in 2009 for her short novel El difunto Fidel (The late Fidel). Her website is www.dovalpage.com.

 

 


 

Teresa Dovalpage. Por culpa de Candela. ISBN: 978-1-888205-15-2. $24.95.

Esta colección de relatos tiene un hilo conductor y un común denominador que es Cuba. La isla ausente o presente; la isla de la que algunos quieren escapar; la isla a la que otros sueñan con regresar. En los catorce cuentos de Teresa Dovalpage hay desengaños amorosos —tarros pegados en vernáculo. Hay amistades traicionadas, abuelas desvirgadoras de mozos no muy tímidos y viejecitas al parecer ingenuas que se quitan, muertas de risas, sus máscaras de ovejas al final. Y no puede olvidarse una vena mexicana que se filtra en los textos, nutriendo con tequila y corridos a la corriente isleña. El fantasma legendario y rechoncho de José Lezama Lima asoma el tabaco en un cuento mientras que en otro, una chica golpeada aprende a defenderse a cucharazos limpios. Pero en todos campea por sus respetos el caimán caribeño de la obsesión. El humor y la fluidez, la ironía y el desenfado, pero sobre todo la inteligencia, son algunas de las armas que esgrime Teresa Dovalpage en sus cruzadas por la narrativa. La escritora se ha convertido en un Balzac de la sociedad cubana dentro y fuera de la Isla. Ella sin dudas será consultada a la hora de escribir la verdadera historia de la Cuba de hoy. Ena Columbié, Editora de Ediciones EntreRíos, Los Ángeles California.