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Cantoras
Cantoras: A Novel | Carolina De Robertis
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"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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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! 2mo
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. 2mo
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! 2mo
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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. 2mo
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. 💕💕 2mo
Reggie @Centique That‘s so sad to hear. You‘ll appreciate this book then. 2mo
ReadingEnvy I swooned about this on the most recent podcast episode too. So so so so good. 2mo
Reggie @ReadingEnvy I heard!!! There is still a Malena shaped hole in my heart weeks later. 2mo
merelybookish Not reading spoilers but just started this and already into it. Excited to see it's a pick for you! 1mo
Reggie @merelybookish it‘s such a lovely book. 1mo
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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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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 2mo
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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. ⤵️ 3mo
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. 3mo
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Lindy Sounds fantastic! 3mo
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! 3mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy Handsell Queen 🙌 3mo
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