By Yvonne C. Garrett
OCT 2018 | Books
The women in Ivelisse Rodriguez’s debut collection differ in age, opportunity, and background but all share one commonality: they want to believe in love. But in a culture where they are taught that to be in love, to be desired by a man, is paramount and that little else matters, it is difficult for any woman to survive. Rodriguez’s women (and one boy) are complex, well-wrought, but cannot teach us anything except perhaps how to believe in or to survive love. These nine stories present a complex, multifaceted, and somewhat connected narrative of Puerto Rican life.
By Veronica Scott Esposito
JUL-AUG 2018 | Books
The first thing that must be said about Eleanor, or, the Rejection of the Progress of Love, the debut novel from the poet, translator, and Ugly Ducking editor Anna Moschovakis, is that it is great fun.