Tales from the Town of Widows
And Chronicles from the Land of Men
By James Canon
Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061140396, 342pp.
Publication Date: December 2007
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One Sunday morning, a band of guerrillas comes to Mariquita and takes all the men away, leaving behind only the priest and a fair-skinned boy disguised as a little girl. Without men, the small Colombian mountain village becomes a sinking wasteland filled with women resigned to food shortages, littered streets, and mourning. But Rosalba viuda de Patiño, wife of the former police sergeant, envisions a different future for the town of widows. Declaring herself magistrate, she promises to instill law and order, and restore the failing economy and infrastructure—and proceeds to create a utopia far greater than any revolutionary's imagined ideal society.
Deft, rich, and darkly humorous, Tales from the Town of Widows marks the arrival of an unforgettable new literary talent.
“Enchanting . . . a rollicking and often shocking tale that Cañón tells with charm and bite.”
-Washington Post Book World
“Prime magic realism à la Márquez, Cortázar and Vargas Llosa, updated with a pop-culture twist.”
A much-loved tradition of Colombian fiction has been gorgeously re-imagined.
Cañón is a gifted storyteller...Tales from the Town of Widows, is a book of wonders with great political purpose.
The characterizations are drawn as compellingly as the storyline itself, which simply gets increasingly delicious as the pages turn.
“Get ready for a refreshing dip into the waters of a rich imagination with this debut novel”
“Brilliant…a mesmerizing debut novel.”
The author spent five years crafting his highly imaginative debut...and the result is this stunning, unique novel.