A stunning work of queer fiction; a novel about five wildly different women drawn together in the crucible of the Uruguayan dictatorship
Uruguay, 1977. The military government has crushed political dissent with ruthless force. Citizens are kidnapped, raped, and tortured, and homosexuality is a dangerous transgression. And yet, Romina, Flaca, Anita “La Venus,” Paz, and Malena—five cantoras, women who “sing”—somehow, miraculously, find one another and then, together, discover an isolated, nearly uninhabited cape, Cabo Polonio, which they claim as their secret sanctuary. Over the next thirty-five years, their lives move back and forth between Cabo Polonio and Montevideo, the city they call home, as they return, sometimes together, sometimes in pairs, with lovers in tow, or alone. Throughout, again and again, they are tested—by their families, lovers, society, and one another.
A breathtaking portrait of love, community, forgotten history, and the strength of the human spirit, Cantoras is a tale about the fire in all our souls—and those who make it burn.