Cubanabooks, 9780982786017, 169pp.
Publication Date: February 3, 2012
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Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. Women's Studies. LGBT Studies. Translated from the Spanish by Anne Fountain. A bilingual edition of short fiction, DISCONNECT/ DESENCUENTRO explores sexuality, morality, and coincidence in present day Cuba. Irony and subtle humor permeate these stories, each with an internal disconnect of one type or another, prompting us to laugh at the inherent contradictions of life itself. Consistently characteristic of Alonso's fiction is her creation of everyday scenes and dialogues that are universally understood yet deeply rooted in Cuban reality and Ethiopia, where Alonso was stationed. She is a masterful observer of human foibles, revealing missteps and hypocrisy with a sure touch and letting her readers discover the many ways that people connect and disconnect with the world around them.