Layered in meaning and resonating with the subtle complexities of being human, the six stories in this charming collection introduce varied characters and explore the question of what objective reality could be, addressing the ties between language, relationships, and the narrative process. There is the physician's wife who retreats further into a world she has created with cats in response to their failing marriage, a young girl who details the events of her doll's baptism, a woman attempting to recall her past while blocking out the memories she would rather forget, and multiple generations of domestic life in Cuba.
Julieta Campos was a Cuban-Mexican author and a former director of the PEN chapter in Mexico. She was a writer of fiction, literary criticism, and a translator, and her novel Tiene los cabellos rojizos y se llama Sabina won the prestigious Xavier Villarutia award. Leland H. Chambers is an award-winning translator and an emeritus professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Denver, where he was the editor of the literary magazine Denver Quarterly. He lives in Denver, Colorado.