Sirena Selena vestida de pena / Sirena Selena dressed of sorrow (Narrativa (Punto de Lectura))
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Sirena Selena vestida de pena / Sirena Selena dressed of sorrow (Narrativa (Punto de Lectura))

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Sirena Selena is a gay teenager with a gifted voice. When she leaves home to make her way in the world, she meets bar owner Martha Divine, an old transvestite who decides to promote the young girl. Sirena Selena vestida de pena is a brilliant portrayal of a world within Caribbean society and a superb exposition of the sexual ambiguities of human beings, written in a fascin...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 30th 2009 by Punto de Lectura (first published January 1st 2000)
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Puerto Rico: not exactly the United States, not exactly independent. Transvestites: not exactly male, not exactly female. Or at least that's how it works in Maya Santos-Febres's outstanding debut novel, Sirena Selena, in which the two properties (Puerto Rico and transvestites) become metaphors for each other.

The book is sublimely fulfilling on a number of levels -- as an allegory (the Caribbean as an object of male American/European desire), as an "inside critique" of the dominant literary aesth...more
Miss Casabona
This book did not meet my expectations. I thought it had great potential, but compared to other LGBTQ books I've read, it falls short. The lyric prose and poetic descriptions was an enjoyable part of the read, but the fractured nature of the text and the constant switching of characters' names made it difficult to follow.
Really impressed.
Intersection of race, sexuality and bolero, set in Puerto Rico. A pleasant read and digs deep into issues of identity, particularly for transgender individuals and their struggle in a hyper-patriarchal society.
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Jan 04, 2013 Thing Two rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Thing Two by: Rollins Winter with the Writers
While she was my favorite author at last spring's Winter with the Author series at Rollins College, this book didn't engage me, or interest me at all.
PERFECT! a work of art. This book clearly exposes the political status in Puerto Rico. BRILLIANT!
Intoxicating. Poetic. One of my favorite novels I had to read for a class.
Escribí mi tesis en este libro y la identidad caribeña. Lo adoro.
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wow, no idea what this was even about. at all.
Reading this for class this fall...
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Puerto Rican novelist, poet, and critic. Winner of the Juan Rulfo Award (1996), Santos-Febres holds an M.A. and Ph.D. (1991) from Cornell University.
She currently teaches at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.
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“There are many ways to rule, many things required to be un hombre or to be una mujere, for each person can decide for himself. Sometimes you can even be both. Without having to choose one or the other” 1 likes
“You laugh as you sing about dying, you drug yourself up, but you can still see clearly, and you die as you break into a fit of laughter, because asi es la vida in this soup of islands stewed in hunger and the desire to be someone else.” 1 likes
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