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Cantoras
Cantoras: A Novel | Carolina De Robertis
"From the highly acclaimed, award-winning author of The Gods of Tango, a revolutionary new novel about five wildly different women who, in the midst of the Uruguayan dictatorship, find each other as lovers, friends, and ultimately, family. In 1977 Uruguay, a military government has crushed political dissent with ruthless force. In an environment where citizens are kidnapped, raped, and tortured, homosexuality is a dangerous transgression. And yet, despite such societal realities, Romina, Flaca, Anita "La Venus," Paz, and Malena--five cantoras, women who "sing"--somehow, miraculously, find each other and discover an isolated cape, Cabo Polonio, inhabited by just a lonely lighthouse keeper and a few rugged seal hunters. They claim this place as their secret sanctuary. Over the next 35 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 it all, the women will be tested repeatedly--by their families, lovers, society, and each other--as they fight to live authentic lives. A genre-defining novel and De Robertis's masterpiece, Cantoras is a breathtaking portrait of queer love, community, forgotten history, and the strength of the human spirit. De Robertis has written a novel that is at once timeless and groundbreaking--a tale about the fire in all our souls and those who make it burn"--
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rmaclean4
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I love a novel that will teach me some of the history of a country. I found it fascinating to learn about Uruguay, a country that I know little about. I did feel disconnected from the five women until about the half way point of this novel. I wonder if I would have felt differently reading this in print rather than listening to it on audio. 4 🌟

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LauraBrook
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The first time — which would become legend among them — they entered in darkness.
#firstlinefridays

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thatotherlisa
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It was something gentler than lust, and more essential: a connection so instinctive it almost seemed an extension of herself.

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thatotherlisa
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It was strange, she thought, how you could live all your life in a home defined by people who loved you and took care of you and shared ancestors with you and yet did not entirely see you, people whom you protected by hiding yourself.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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I can't with Cantoras?

This one has So Much Love for it. I clearly must have been reading a different book? I didn't love this one at all. From the start. I don't know - there was just something that didn't work for me I guess.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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This one has a LOT of love. But, I'm wondering if it picks up speed? I'm underwhelmed so far? What am I missing? Am I to wait a little more? I'll admit I'm not too far in yet so I'm holding out hope.

mrsthilkey Hmm I've been so interested in this one. I hope it picks up! 2mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @mrsthilkey me too! 😅 but all the reviews are huge love for it so I'm hoping it turns a corner for me. 2mo
Tamra Nice coincidence - I stacked this one after listening to Kerri Miller recommend it on MPR this morning. 😁 2mo
Tamra @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I‘ll watch for your review. 🤞🏾 2mo
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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Top 10 of 2019 - fiction picks

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern - I hoped I would love this novel, and I'm so happy I did. It's a love story to the idea of stories, and the difference they can make in the world.

Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis - this novel was feisty and heartbreaking and joyful, like it's unforgettable characters. My favorite non-genre read of the year.

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EliNeedsMoreShelves Witchmark by C.L. Polk - a total impulse read that turned into one of my favorites of the year, I cannot wait to see where this series leads. 2mo
EliNeedsMoreShelves The Book of M by Peng Shepherd - hooooly cow, was this good! Dystopia done so, so right. Lived up to all its hype. 2mo
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Lindy
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My favourite book of December is the tagged novel. I rounded up brief reviews of this and a few other faves on my blog:
https://lindypratch.blogspot.com/2020/01/december-reading-round-up.html

ReadingEnvy Cantoras was one of my top novels for the year! 2mo
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alisonrose
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And these are the 12 books I gave 5 stars to this year. These were all so so good, but Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis is by far my absolute favorite of the year, and a new all-time fave as well! Pleeeeease go read it! Have you read any of these? Do you agree or disagree with my love for them? What was your favorite book this year? YAY BOOKS!!

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Lindy
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My fiction favourites of the past decade, subject to change at whim, particularly in the case of which titles by Ali Smith and Helen Humphreys. #top10ofthedecade

squirrelbrain I have Wolf Hall on my #booked2020 list.... 2mo
Cinfhen I haven‘t heard of some of these 😱must investigate!!!! And same @squirrelbrain 😘 2mo
RachelO Oooh, At Hawthorn Time 💚🍃 2mo
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Lindy @squirrelbrain Excellent! 2mo
Lindy @RachelO 👯‍♀️ 2mo
Lindy @Cinfhen Thanks for nudging me to compile this. 😘 2mo
Megabooks Definitely screenshotted yours!! 2mo
Lindy @Megabooks 😊😘 2mo
saresmoore Excellent picks, Lindy! Well, I think so, anyway. 😊 And a few that I hadn‘t heard of that I‘ll be adding to my TBR. @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain I plan to read Wolf Hall next year, as well! 2mo
Rissreads @lindy Screenshotting! Quite a few I have not heard of. Wolf hall and The Luminaries are on my tbr shelf 💙 2mo
Lindy @saresmoore Thanks! Glad to know you will embark on Wolf Hall. It is perfect for readers who love immersive historical fiction and a unique narrative voice. 2mo
Lindy @Rissreads 👍😘 2mo
Cinfhen Hi @saresmoore 💕💕💕If you feel like joining @squirrelbrain and myself for a Wolf Hall buddyread we‘d love to have u join us 2mo
batsy Wolf Hall! ❤️ And the rest have climbed to the top of my TBR :) 2mo
squirrelbrain Yes, @saresmoore -and @cinfhen - a #buddyread would be fab! 2mo
saresmoore @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain Oh, yes, I would love that! 2mo
Lindy @batsy Yay for Wolf Hall, and I can‘t even choose which one of the others to recommend starting with. I think you would enjoy any of them. 2mo
Cinfhen Woo Hoo @squirrelbrain @saresmoore ❤️❤️ 2mo
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Lindy
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A handful of lesbians create community and relative safety with each other while living under the brutal oppression of military dictatorship in Uruguay. This immersive novel shines with warmth and humanity, and spans decades—1977 to 2013—documenting changes in society along the way. #LGBTQ #Latinx

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Lindy
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“I think silence killed her.”
“Yes,” Diana said. “That is the way of silence.”
“What do you mean?” La Venus said gently, knowing there was more beneath the surface.
“That the silence of the dictatorship, the silence of the closet, as we call it now—all of that is layered like blankets that muffle you until you cannot breathe.”

Reggie 😭Malena!!!! I loved this book. 2mo
Lindy @Reggie yes, me too. 2mo
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Hoopiefoot
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Early morning quiet reading time with this beautiful book.

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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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Stunning, heartbreaking, revelatory, hopeful. This story about five queer women in Uruguay creating their own family is beautiful and hard, but never feels stifling. Each of the novel's main characters is given depth and intention, and together they weave such a magnificent tapestry. Will be one of my top reads of the year. (Trigger warnings for rape, suicide, conversion therapy.)

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Where do I even begin? This story of five queer Uruguayan women during the height of the military dictatorship is so damn good I don‘t even have words for it. I know it‘s a bookish cliché, but I did not want to move until I finished reading “Cantoras.” It‘s absolutely one of my favorite books this year.

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jveezer
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Doesn‘t sound great for the book but where do you meet librarians like this?😜

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JSW
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Such a wonderful book. Each of the five Cantoras are complex and real, and their attempts to live life on their own terms, under a repressive regime and culture, was told with honesty and care. #queerbooks

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Reggie
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Cantoras means singer but also a slang term for women who love other women. 5 women in Uruguay find a secluded beach area in Cabo Pollonio where they make a safe space to be themselves in the 1970‘s away from the city and its dictatorship. There was a heady desire in here that lead the way to personal evolutions onto personal revolutions all the while Uruguay is also in a revolution. This is easily a top 3 book of the year for me. Loved it.

MicheleinPhilly SOLD! 5mo
Reggie https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yhJqBdFMIVI this was the review that made me want to read this. @MicheleinPhilly just in case you needed more reasons. 5mo
Centique Wow! I already stacked this but I‘m so impressed it is in your top 3. I think I could make a fab reading list just using your top books each year! 5mo
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Reggie @Centique 😊this book was beautiful and there‘s something to be said about the ones who have come before (queers) because not all of us make it and surviving and still managing to live life. The ladies in here were just amazing. Amazing. 5mo
Centique @Reggie that sounds so beautiful. Do you know I am so moved by that subject because I was obsessed as a teen about my uncle who died by suicide before I was born (in the 1960s). 😰 He looked like a movie star and my older family tell lovely stories about him. His mother adored him but the 1960s were bloody hard I‘m sure. 💕💕 5mo
Reggie @Centique That‘s so sad to hear. You‘ll appreciate this book then. 5mo
ReadingEnvy I swooned about this on the most recent podcast episode too. So so so so good. 5mo
Reggie @ReadingEnvy I heard!!! There is still a Malena shaped hole in my heart weeks later. 5mo
merelybookish Not reading spoilers but just started this and already into it. Excited to see it's a pick for you! 5mo
Reggie @merelybookish it‘s such a lovely book. 5mo
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alisonrose
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Where to even begin? This was absolutely incredible, one of the most beautiful and moving books I‘ve ever read. This story of five queer women becoming themselves in a time and place where it was a danger to even think about it, the love & joy, pain & turmoil they fought through together, is so damn good I barely have words for it. I don‘t usually cry over books but this got me a few times. It‘s phenomenal. Read it. My new fave of the year. 5/5 🌟

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alisonrose
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It seemed, at times, that this was the only way the world would be remade as the heroes had dreamed: one woman holds another woman, and she in turn lifts the world.

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alisonrose
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“I don‘t know where this all ends,” Romina said.

“Where what ends?”

“All of it. The nightmare. We might never have our country back, but even if we do, then what? How do we restore what‘s been broken? If you shatter a plate, it‘s never whole again.”

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alisonrose
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She‘d thought they might get relief from the city, perhaps make friends, but she hadn‘t known they could come to feel like something more than friends, something larger, a kind of alternative family stitched together by the very fact that they‘d been torn from the fabric of the accepted world.

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alisonrose
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But now it seemed to her, as she stood knee-deep in waves, that there was no greater life achievement than this, than learning the secrets of how to melt a woman open, and she thought yes, why not, that‘s what I want to be when I grow up, a woman like Flaca, and to hell with the danger, to hell with prison cells, to hell with my mother‘s disapproval, I don‘t even care if they kill me for it. At least I‘ll have lived along the way.

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alisonrose
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They were perfect together, or, more accurately, together they shaped perfection out of nothing and cradled it in their arms.

Cathythoughts Nice quote ! I have this one stacked 5mo
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alisonrose
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This book had already been on my master TBR after reading the synopsis in an “upcoming releases” post somewhere a few months back. But then Adriana at perpetualpages on YT did one of their “5 reasons to read” videos about it and I knew I had to get to it as soon as it was out. Took a few extra days but I‘m super eager to dive in now! #nowreading

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ReadingEnvy
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I was late to a scheduled podcast recording yesterday because I just had to finish this book first. It is beautifully written about five women living in Uruguay, building a found family to live as who they really are, despite dictators, trauma, and fear. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy Some of the story comes from research the author did on the first LGBTQ+ spaces in Uruguay, not in the city but on the very edge of the country between ocean and sand dunes. The five women in the novel buy a shack that becomes their escape. ⤵️ 6mo
ReadingEnvy Each character is unique, they all have individual connections with the other characters, and the time spans 1970s to 2013. I also noticed the tension created by coming out in a time of extreme oppression such as a dictatorship, and the long-term damage that can do. This feels like a story that runs deep for the person writing it as well. 6mo
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Lindy Sounds fantastic! 6mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy I predict it will be in my best books of the year. Let me say that before I was done talking about it during the podcast recording, Karen had purchased it for herself and thought about buying it for her sister! 6mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy Handsell Queen 🙌 6mo
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