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Meet Me under the Ceiba Paperback – September 30, 2009
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Sirias brings to life a small Nicaraguan town as it reacts to the brutal murder of Adela, a beautiful young lesbian who made the mistake of challenging a wealthy landowner by luring away his mistress. The novel is based on a true story, which Sirias researched while visiting Nicaragua. He is personified as a professor spending the summer near his parents' birthplace, where he hears the story of the lesbian lovers, and attempts to reconstruct the days before and after Adela's demise. By means of his interviews, the reader comes to know Adela's family, her former lover (who feared for Adela's safety), Adela's former husband (who never dreamed that being a lesbian would get her killed), and Adela's magnetic and stunningly beautiful lover Ixelia, who was prostituted by her mother at age 11. The problems faced by homosexuals in Nicaragua are encapsulated in this one case: Adela's murder is deemed a minor offense because she was a lesbian. A provocative novel that opens up a little-known world to its readers.
Deborah Donavan --Booklist
About the Author
SILVIO SIRIAS is the author of the novel, Bernardo and the Virgin (Northwestern University Press, 2007), and he has written and edited several books on Latino/a literature, including Julia Alvarez: A Critical Companion (Greenwood Press, 2001) and Conversations with Rudolfo Anaya (University Press of Mississippi, 1998). He received his doctorate in Spanish from the University of Arizona and worked as a professor of Spanish and U.S. Latino/a literature for several years before returning to live in Nicaragua in 1999. He currently lives in Panama.
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The story of Adela Rugama is a story that will stay with me for a long time. Even though her fate is marked from the beginning of the book, it has you wishing she were found alive, but alas, it was not meant to be. My only tiny little annoyance was the repetition of the description of the characters for example, constantly saying "The woman from pearl lagoon" (OK , we get it).
This book has touched me so much that even while doing mundane chores around the house I find myself thinking of its characters. Definitely a must-read.
An insight into Nicaraguan culture.
This book is not necessarily a mystery: we know who her murderers are from the very beginning and we know exactly why they killed her. The narrator uncovers small mysteries that paint a clearer picture of Adela's last day on earth, but what this is really about is giving Adela a fair representation, trying to uncover the lies that have been protecting her murderers.
Adela, a lesbian, was passionately in love with the beautiful Ixelia, a gorgeous young woman who had been abused her whole life and was eventually sold by her mother into a relationship with Don Roque, a powerful and cruel older man. When Adela tries to rescue Ixelia from her fate, crosses the wrong paths and Don Roque and Ixelia's mother, Doña Erlinda, decide to get rid of her once and for all. Adela's story is tragic and heartbreaking; you spend most of the novel hoping that something will change, that Adela will be uncovered as alive. She was so obviously loved in her small community.
I learned a lot about the state of LGBT rights in Nicaragua and it is very difficult to read about. In Nicaragua and much of Latin America, being part of the LGBT community means that in the eyes of some people, you are less than a person. During the investigation and the trial, many people simply referred to Adela as "la cochona", the dyke, never using her name. Adela is reduced to nothing but her sexuality, she no longer has an identity.
Meet Me Under the Ceiba begins with a quote from Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez: "none of us could continue living without an exact knowledge of the place and mission assigned to us by fate." There is certainly some inspiration from Chronicle of a Death Foretold in Sirias' narration, but it is more straightforward in Meet Me Under the Ceiba. There are many intriguing levels of narration since the story is told completely in flashbacks and interviews, the painful reality is that because Adela is no longer here, we will never really know what happened to her.
Meet Me Under the Ceiba is an important novel. It addresses Nicaraguan LGBT rights and also the failure of the judicial system. Most importantly, it paints a tragic portrait of one woman's unfortunate death in the hopes of stopping future deaths. Siarias' story is based on the true murder of Aura Rosa Pavón and at the end he describes which aspects of the story were fact and which were fiction, but in the end I am so grateful that Sirias told this story, because it is absolutely one that needed to be heard. I definitely recommend Meet Me Under the Ceiba, not only for the important issues that it puts out into the open, but also because it is a highly readable novel that will keep you an edge.
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