This mind-bender by acclaimed Dominican novelist Rita Indiana is an experience to be savored! The language is precise and lyrical. The story is phantasmagoric, involving time travel, Yoruba ritual, and - get ready for this - a gender transition performed by way of sacred anemone. Read this if you are in the mood to revel in the supernatural, the queer, and the ecstatically weird. And here's a pro tip: Indiana is also a musician and you should check out her new album Mandinga Times.— Sarah G.
Plucked from her life on the streets of post-apocalyptic Santo Domingo, young maid Acilde Figueroa finds herself at the heart of a voodoo prophecy: only she can travel back in time and save the ocean - and humanity - from disaster. But first she must become the man she always was - with the help of a sacred anemone. Tentacle is an electric novel with a big appetite and a brave vision, plunging headfirst into questions of climate change, technology, Yoruba ritual, queer politics, poverty, sex, colonialism and contemporary art. Bursting with punk energy and lyricism, it's a restless, addictive trip: The Tempest meets the telenovela.