The traditional activity of the tertulia, in which intellectuals come together to exchange ideas on diverse topics of general social and political interest, reflects the sense of community among Hispanic people. Controversial topics are breached, personal ideas and frustrations vented. Interviews is such a powerful tertulia, with its author and 15 Latin American writers disclosing their most private emotions. Collectively, the authors discuss a variety of subjects, ranging from talks on Latin America's contemporary literary productions to the ever-present issues of local politics. Taken as a whole, the discussions are so strong and engaging that one is compelled to continue reading.-- Rafael Ocasio, Agnes Scott Coll., Decatur, Ga.