Live via Zoom:
Tuesday, April 6, 6:00 PM
LGBTQIA+ Book Group with Katixa
Discussion of Fiebre Tropical
Led (virtually!) Greenlight bookseller Katixa, our new LGBTQIA+ book discusses titles that center LGBTQIA+ stories and authors, reading across genres (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc.) and age groups (middle grade, young adult, and adult) creating open dialogue around LGBTQIA+ stories and storytellers. For April, the group discusses Juli Delgado Lopera’s Fiebre Tropical, a heady, multilingual debut novel that follows a Colombian teenager's coming-of-age and coming out as she plunges headfirst into lust and evangelism. Uprooted from her comfortable life in Bogota, Colombia, into an ant-infested Miami townhouse, fifteen-year-old Francisca is miserable and friendless in her strange new city. Her alienation grows when her mother is swept up into an evangelical church, replete with Christian salsa, abstinent young dancers, and baptisms for the dead. But there, Francisca also meets the magnetic Carmen: opinionated and charismatic, head of the youth group, and the pastor's daughter. As her mother's mental health deteriorates and her grandmother descends into alcoholism, Francisca falls more and more intensely in love with Carmen. To get closer to her, Francisca turns to Jesus to be saved, even as their relationship hurtles toward a shattering conclusion.