Captain of the Sleepers (Hardcover)

By Mayra Montero, Edith Grossman (Translator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9780374118822, 192pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2005



For fifty years, Andres Yasin has carried a grudge against J.T. Bunker. Now, Bunker, eighty-two years old and dying of cancer, wants to tell his side of a story, a story of his affair with Andres's mother. As a child Andres knew Bunker as the "Captain of the Sleepers"-so called because he transported the bodies of those who had died off the island, but wished to be buried at home. But what really happened between Bunker and Andres's mother, between his mother and her next lover, a leader in the Puerto Rican Nationalistic Insurrection, and what were the actual circumstances of Andres's mother's mysterious death?

In this taut, erotic novel that slips effortlessly between past and present, remembrance and reality, Mayra Montero describes a feverish Caribbean childhood of secrets, disillusionment, and sexual awakening. Beautifully translated by Edith Grossman, The Captain of the Sleepers confirms Montero's stature as one of our finest prose stylists and as an international writer of the first rank.

Praise For Captain of the Sleepers

Praise for Mayra Montero:

Deep Purple
"Deceptively sweet...parodic and sneakily menacing..."--Lisa Ziedner, The New York Book Review

The Red of his Shadow
The Red of his Shadow is a powerful and important book...a ripping read, which most books that cut across cultures are not, and the story is seductive and glorious." --Amy Wilentz, Los Angeles Times Book Review: The Best Books of 2001

The Messenger
The Messenger is like having the best seat in the house at the opera: the characters and their tale haunt the reader long after the 'performance' is over." --Julia Alvarez, author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and YO!

"A literary tour de force...A tale of unforgettable beauty."--Los Angeles Times

The Palm of Darkness
"A dazzling, original fugue on love and extinction"--The New Yorker