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.
©1999 Carmen Boullosa. Translation copyright 2001 by Geoff Hargreaves. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.
"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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