Carmen Boullosa is one of Mexico's most acclaimed young writers, and Leaving Tabasco tells of the coming-of-age of Delmira Ulloa, raised in an all-female home in Agustini, in the Mexican province of Tabasco. The Washington Post Book World wrote, "We happily share with [Delmira]... her life, including the infinitely charming town she inhabits [and] her grandmother's fantastic imagination."
In Agustini, it is not unusual to see your grandmother float above the bed when she sleeps, or to purchase torrential rains at a traveling fair, or to watch your family's elderly serving woman develop stigmata, then disappear completely, to be canonized as a local saint. As Delmira becomes a woman, she will search for her missing father, and will make a choice that will force her to leave home forever.
Brimming with the spirit of its irrepressible heroine, Leaving Tabasco is a story of great charm and depth that will remain in its listeners' hearts for a long time.
"Carmen Boullosa... immerses us once again in her wickedly funny and imaginative world." (Dolores Prida, Latina)
"To flee Agustini is to leave not just a town but the viscerally primal dreamscape it represents." (Sandra Tsing Loh, The New York Times Book Review)
"A vibrant coming-of-age tale... Boullosa [is] a master.... Each chapter is an adventure." (Monica L. Williams, The Boston Globe)
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