Cantoras

Cantoras Review

From the highly acclaimed, award-winning author of The Gods of Tango, a revolutionary new novel about five wildly different women who, in the midst of the Uruguayan dictatorship, find one another as lovers, friends, and ultimately, family.

In 1977 Uruguay, a military government crushed political dissent with ruthless force. In this environment, where the everyday rights of people are under attack, homosexuality is a dangerous transgression to be punished. And yet Romina, Flaca, Anita "La Venus," Paz, and Malena--five cantoras, women who "sing"--somehow, miraculously, find one another. Together, they discover an isolated, nearly uninhabited cape, Cabo Polonio, which they claim as their secret sanctuary. Over the next thirty-five years, their lives move back and forth between Cabo Polonio and Montevideo, the city they call home, as they return, sometimes together, sometimes in pairs, with lovers in tow, or alone. And throughout, again and again, the women will be tested--by their families, lovers, society, and one another--as they fight to live authentic lives.

A genre-defining novel and De Robertis's masterpiece, Cantoras is a breathtaking portrait of queer love, community, forgotten history, and the strength of the human spirit. At once timeless and groundbreaking, Cantoras is a tale about the fire in all our souls and those who make it burn.

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  • Jen

    “Cantoras” the word meaning women who sing. Sing in the most passionate, emotional way. Sing in relationships with other females in a country that prohibits same sex relationships under theoppress...

  • Elyse  Walters

    This novel is magnificent!!!....gorgeous!!! It’s ‘alive’, bursting with energy! In Uruguay you could be arrested for just having five or more people in your house. The regime did whatever it wan...

  • Diane S ?

    Freedom. In 1970s Uruguay,freedom was not to be found. Called the process, the country was under a brutal dictatorship, a system that cared little for innocence or guilt. A system that took, people, r...

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    I’ve just spent this entire novel going back and forth between laughing and sobbing. It’s a triumph, a celebration and a shared mourning all in one. TW: rape, abuse, homophobia, torture (conversio...

  • Cheri

    4.75 Stars ’The city, Montevideo, was not a place to be curious, but a place to shrink into yourself and mind your own business, to be careful, to jeep your curtains drawn, to keep your mouth shut...

  • Joc

    This is one of the most beautiful books I’ve read in long time. It’s triumphant and devastating, it’s optimistic and heart-breaking, and then manages to cover just about every emotion in between...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I was late to a scheduled podcast recording Sunday because I just had to finish this book first. It is beautifully written about five women living in Uruguay, building a found family to live as who th...

  • Jennifer

    I can’t even. This novel is absolutely gorgeous. A multifaceted look at oppression and its consequences, and five women who found freedom in each other. My favorite quote:“Why did life put so much...

  • Lupita Reads

    Review coming soon but hands down top five favorite of this year!!!...

  • Vanessa

    Set in the late 70’s, five women bond over needing to escape the Uruguayan dictatorship, with the strict rules of the city, they decide to head to an isolated coastal town, a place with no electrici...