The Palace of the White Skunks
"Story of Fortunato, a dreamy, sullen boy trapped in a house full of abandoned aunts in a decrepit backwater. Tormented by sexual desires for both men and women, he hears, in the pauses in his family's quarrels, the crackle of rebel gunfire a sound that will beckon him into a world as demented as the one he has sworn to escape."--Page 4 of cover.
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Now it's always night and Digna sings on the porch without opening her mouth.
Poor Digna — raising two kids all by herself. Poor kids. Poor Adolfina. Poor
Grandma. I mean, poor Grandpa. I mean, poor Mama. I mean, poor me. Which is,
Moises, Digna knew, kept the greatest part of the money. The old man and old
woman set up a vegetable and fruit stand and bought a house made of fiber
cement; it was built on purpose, it seemed, to keep in the heat, cockroaches, and
Digna's out on the porch singing, apparently, but without opening her lips.
Although once in a while she opens them to scream at one of those kids. Celia's
out in the backyard, apparently, making faces and doing somersaults. And
Adolfina's in ...
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The palace of the white skunksUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This semi-autobiographical tale by an author expelled from Cuba a decade ago takes up where Singing in the Well ( LJ 7/87) left off. Fortunato, now an adolescent living in a household of loud and ... Read full review