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SOLVED: Adult Fiction > SOLVED. Magical realism short story about Cuban revolution, children, and butterflies. [s]

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Meghan Rose | 23 comments I read this short story as an English assignment in spring 2005. We only had scanned copies, so I don't know of it came from an anthology or what the larger book would look like.

It is set at the dawn of Castro's revolution in Cuba and features a pair (?) of children and their family (families?). The country's politics trigger the family's disintegration; youths defy their parents, siblings argue to estrangement, and the kids try to deal with it all. In the end, one of the kids goes with his mother on a raft bound for florida, while the other opts to stay with her father in Cuba.

I am really unsure about any of these plot details. I don't know if the kids were siblings or friends or childhood sweethearts. Someone might have died? Someone else might have been lame? There might have been a car burning? I think it was set in a poor district, maybe even a slum.

What I remember most about this story, and what sticks with me today, is theme of butterflies and a myth that butterflies are the bearers of news: light for good and dark for bad. The story ends with a dark butterfly skimming by the girl-still-in-cuba, from which we infer that her friend has drowned.

The story bore the impression of things falling apart delicately, tragically, imperceptibly and carried only the faintest trace of magic -- a magic of markedly ambiguous virtue.

Any leads appreciated!


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Etta.n | 93 comments If you're sure it was Cuba and not Haiti then it wouldn't be Children of the Sea from Krik? Krak! then?
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6...


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Rosa (rosaiglarsh) | 4974 comments Krik? Krak! for future reference.


Meghan Rose | 23 comments lol i am not at all sure it was Cuba and not Haiti (ashamed forever). I'll look into that collection asap and let you know. Thank you Etta.n!


Meghan Rose | 23 comments yup that is 100% it, "Children of the Sea" in Krik? Krak!


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