“I lay on the ground, eyes closed. I had learned that figures would rise from the darkness. I tried to see them and not think of anything else, not even the pain coming from my stomach. Nothing, except for a brightness on which I focused all my attention until it transformed into two black eyes. And little by little, as though the night itself had created her, I saw María’s face, her shoulders, her hair, emerging from the most profound darkness I had seen in my life.”
When she was young, Cometierra swallowed dirt and learned from a vision that her father beat her mother to death. That was only her first vision. Every gift comes with added responsibilities, and the one Cometierra was born with makes her life twice as difficult because she lives in a neighborhood where violence, neglect, and injustice sprout from every corner and where women are the main victims. Through the pursuit of the truth, the discovery of love, and the care between siblings, Cometierra will seek to forge her own path.
Dolores Reyes has written a debut novel that is harrowing and brilliant, lyrical, sweet, and brutal, narrated with a voice that grips us from the first page.
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