“Love Letters from a Voluptuous Sexagenarian” by Miguel Delibes, translated by Teresa Boucher (Boise State University); Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs ($24.95)
In this book, our antihero, Eugenio Sanz Vecilla, a 65-year-old retired Castilian newspaperman, reads a personal ad in Sentimental Correspondence while in the waiting room of a doctor’s office. Thus begins a six-month exchange of letters with Rocío, a 56-year-old widow from Seville whose son, Federico, is writing a graduate thesis on censorship of the press in the 1940s under Francisco Franco’s dictatorship. This novel, an epistolary mono-dialogue, weaves a comic love story with an unwitting exposé of the state of journalism under an authoritarian regime.
“One White Whisker: The Cat Who Loved Jazz” by Keith Duffield Jordan (Boise); Page Publishing ($29.95)
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This is a creative novel using an unconventional format to tell the story of a cat and the people he observes in a Jazz Club in the Deep South during the Great Depression of the early 1930s, especially the relationship with a poor young black boy who rises from a busboy to a jazz player.
Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Keith Duffield Jordan’s profound work will intrigue readers with its unconventional approach and unique format as it journeys between two worlds. It is a tale of the destructive nature of prejudice and betrayal.
“One White Whisker” is two stories that intertwine. It is an allegory seen through the eyes of a feral, black alley cat with each chapter beginning and ending with the black cat’s harsh existence. The story within deals with the people who run a jazz club, their relations to each other, especially the black boy. The portal from one story to the other is a ventilation shaft from which the black cat observes the strange and unpredictable behavior of the Diurnal Furless Bipeds, especially the black boy who he feels is trying to communicate with him while the black boy credits the cat for giving him musical inspiration. Separating the two is not only a screen over the vent but fear and distrust. In time, the barrier between them begins to erode and the two wary adversaries are slowly drawn together by the sound of Jazz.
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