High spirits by Camille Gomera-Tavarez
It is a book centered on one extended family—the Beléns—across multiple generations.
It is set in the fictional small town of Hidalpa—and Santo Domingo and Paterson and San Juan and Washington Heights too.
It is told in a style both utterly real and distinctly magical—and its stories explore machismo, mental health, family, and identity.
But most of all, High Spirits represents the first book from Camille Gomera-Tavarez, who takes her place as one of the most extraordinary new voices to emerge in years.