The Astral Plane: Stories of Cuba, the Southwest and Beyond (University of New Orleans Press, 2012)
Loud-mouthed, funny and insightful, Dovalpage takes the reader for a trip from the streets of Havana to a New Mexican town. Some stories flirt with magic realism; others explore love affairs gone wrong. A Cuban teenager suddenly goes from using ration cards to discovering credit cards. An American professor falls for a young santera. A New Age group attempts to achieve self-realization amid scarcities and blackouts
“If you’ve ever wondered what is it about Latinos that makes them so intense, so sexy, so alive, read these stories, and see for yourself how the accident of life and a bit of fun-loving lunacy can result in the deliciously innate wisdom of a people.”
Anjanette Delgado, author of The Heartbreak Pill and The Clairvoyant of Coffee Park.
In these short stories, reality and fantasy intertwine to create an esoteric blend with a strong Cuban flavor—a supernatural ajiaco!
Raquel Troyce, author of Seducción, amor y mentiras. Linden Lane Magazine, Vol. 30, Winter 2011
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Interview in The Latino Author
Review by Mayra Calvani in The Examiner
Review by Willie Elliott in My Shelf
Review (in Spanish) by Carmen Duarte, published in Diario de Cuba: Entre el realismo mágico y el realismo sucio
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