The Astral Plane: Stories of Cuba, the Southwest and Beyond

The Astral Plane: Stories of Cuba, the Southwest and Beyond (University of New Orleans Press, 2012)

“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.

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“Combining elements of naturalism and magical realism, Dovalpage’s writing is intriguing and thought-provoking. With sparkling prose that flows like an Alpine brook, characters that jump off the page, and unusual storylines that mentally stimulate readers, The Astral Plane: Stories of Cuba, the Southwest and Beyond is another fine accomplishment by one of our most talented Latina writers these days.”

Mayra Calvani, Midwest Book Review

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“In a series of intricately interwoven short stories, Teresa Dovalpage has created a testimony to nostalgia and spiritual longing—a poignant rendering of disillusionment and regret, which gives us insight into the real and the symbolic island.  At once painful and perceptive, humorous and heartbreaking, The Astral Plane: Stories of Cuba, the Southwest and Beyond captures the complex ambivalence of life in the diaspora and life on the island.  In rhythmic, straight-forward prose, Dovalpage evokes the anguish of rupture and displacement; the seemingly untenable comprises that those living both on the island and in the diaspora must make in order to survive; and the superficial manner in which Cuba continues to be perceived by those outside the experience.”

Andrea Herrera, author of ReMembering Cuba: Legacy of a Diaspora and The Pearl of the Antilles.

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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 mentirasLinden 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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