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February 2016: Héctor Tobar, Lorraine López

Join Las Comadres around the world for an interview with Héctor Tobar author of Deep Down Dark published by Picador Trade Press and Additional Conversation with Lorraine López author of The Darling published by University of Arizona Press

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February 2016 Book of the Month

About the Book:


Deep Down Dark

By Héctor Tobar
Published by Picador Trade Press
ISBN-13: 978-1250074850
When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days. The entire world watched what transpired above-ground during the grueling and protracted rescue, but the saga of the miners’ experiences below the Earth’s surface―and the lives that led them there―has never been heard until now.

For Deep Down Dark, the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Héctor Tobar received exclusive access to the miners and their tales. These thirty-three men came to think of the mine, a cavern inflicting constant and thundering aural torment, as a kind of coffin, and as a church where they sought redemption through prayer. Even while still buried, they all agreed that if by some miracle any of them escaped alive, they would share their story only collectively. Héctor Tobar was the person they chose to hear, and now to tell, that story.

February 2016 Additional Conversation With

About the Book:


The Darling

By Lorraine López
Published by University of Arizona Press
ISBN-13: 978-0816531837
Latina bibliophile Caridad falls out of love again and again, with much help from Anton Chekhov, Gustave Flaubert, Theodore Dreiser, D. H. Lawrence, Vladimir Nabokov, Thomas Hardy, and other deceased white men of letters. Raised in a household of women, she rejects examples of womanhood offered by her long-suffering mother, her caustic eldest sister Felicia, and her pliant and sentimental middle sister Esperanza. Instead Caridad, a compulsive reader, educates herself about love and what it means to be a sentient and intelligent woman by reading classic literature written by men, and supplements this with life lessons gleaned from her relationships.

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