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Equal parts soap opera, tragicomedy, and rhapsody, Carmen la Coja is Ana Castillo’s imaginative variation on the themes of Bizet’s Carmen, set in the Latin community of Chicago and the seductive world of flamenco. Carmen “La Coja” Santos is a renowned local dancer who has long maintained an affair with the great Agustín, the married director of her troupe. An angry rivalry is sparked when she begins a passionate new liaison with Agusín’s grandson, the gifted Manolo; her childhood polio returns; and her already aggravating relationship with her mother takes a difficult turn. But in the end, Carmen, unlike her namesake, finds her way back to happiness.
“A celebration of life lived to the hilt. . . . This book will make you laugh and cry at the same time.”— Rosario Ferré
“A fiery treatise on losing control in love. . . . Unforgettable.” —Los Angeles Times
“The best of Ana Castillo: sassy, satiric, and stunningly lyrical. Bravo, Ana!” —Julia Alvarez