Seventeen stories gallop, frolic, and slither across the pages of this collection. Sometimes inspiring, sometimes fatalistic, but always lyrical and thought-provoking, Domecq examines the human condition from a unique viewpoint. A pet canary is caught between her nesting instinct and her desire for solitude. A jaguar is guardian spirit to a middle-aged woman. And in the title story, a young girl is transformed during recess into a wild stallion. These and other tales, told with irony, wit, and compassion, keep the reader on the bittersweet edge between tragedy and comedy. Kay Garcia's free-flowing translation makes the reader forget that the narrative was not originally written in English.
BRIANDA DOMECQ, regarded as one of Mexico's leading writers, was born in the United States but has lived most of her life in Mexico. In 1978 she was kidnapped and held hostage, an experience she fictionalizes in her novel, Eleven Days. Her second novel, The Astonishing Story of the Saint of Cabora, is the story of faith healer Teresa de Urrea. Domecq has also published short stories, an autobiography, and a collection of essays on Latin American women writers. She currently lives in Spain. KAY (KAYLA) S. GARCIA is associate professor of Spanish at Oregon State University, the author of Broken Bars: New Perspectives from Mexican Women Writers and the translator of Brianda Domecq's two novels. She lived in Mexico for seven years and in Spain for two years.