The Block Captain's Daughter
Published by: University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
104 Pages | 5 x 8
In this highly imaginative work of fiction by the acclaimed author of Mother Tongue, Demetria Martínez weaves a portrait of six unforgettable characters, whose lives intertwine through their activism as they seek to create a better world and find meaning in their own lives. At the center of this circle of friends is Lupe, and her heartfelt letters to Destiny punctuate the narrative. Until she crossed the border alone and without papers, Lupe worked in a maquiladora in Mexico. Rescued by strangers, she has made a family for herself among the kindhearted friends, swept up in various causes, who will be her daughter’s godparents.
Deftly alternating between first-person and second-person narratives, conscious states and dream states, The Block Captain’s Daughter is full of delightful surprises, even as it deals with universal themes of desire and risk, death and birth, and the powerful ties that bind us all together.
“A long-awaited work of fiction for the many readers who love Mother Tongue.”—Michelle Otero, author of Malinche’s Daughter