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One Hundred Bottles

One Hundred Bottles
Ena Lucía Portela
Translated by Achy Obejas

One Hundred Bottles is a tale set in Cuba during the crisis of the 1990s. Z is an orphan trying to survive an insane boyfriend, the collapse of her dwelling, and a life without hope. Through it all, the friendship of all kinds of women, including those inhabiting the lesbian underground, burns away the inconsequential. Although not a “gay book,” the depiction of lesbian characters in modern-day Havana is memorable. Part mystery, part allegory, and all brilliant, this book is so good that all I can say is “don’t miss it.” • University of Texas Press ( —Review: Angel Curtis


Angel Curtis

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