The Mortifications : A Novel
Soledad Encarnación flees Cuba with her twin children, Isabel and Ulises during the Mariel Boatlift. She leaves her husband, Uxbal, a political insurgent, behind, and bypasses Florida to settle in Connecticut. She works as a court stenographer, Ulises excels at school, Isabel is drawn to her Catholic faith and caring for the dying. Eventually Soledad takes a lover, a Dutch tobacco farmer named Henri Willems who hires Ulises to learn the trade. The deceptively harmonius family feels a bit askew, and gradually the fissures deepen with the author's skillful writing. This is a character-driven, intricately detailed family tragedy--each member of the family is fully fleshed out by the omnicient narrator; the dramatic turn is the arrival of a letter from Uxbal in Cuba, which haunts them with memories and relentlessly drives the rest of the narrative.
Mr. Palacio will be speaking at the library on Febrary 6th at 7:00 PM (Whittaker Road Community Room). He will discuss and read from his book, and take audience questions. Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet a very talented local author.
"Derek Palacio's stunning, mythic novel marks the arrival of a fresh voice and a new chapter in the history of 21st century Cuban-American literature. Breathtaking, soulful, and profound, The Mortifications is an intoxicating family saga and a timely, urgent expression of longing for one's true homeland." PUB