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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 has crushed political dissent with ruthless force. In an environment where citizens are kidnapped, raped and tortured, homosexuality is a dangerous transgression. And yet Romina, Flaca, Anita “La Venus,” Paz and Malena --- five cantoras, women who “sing” --- somehow, miraculously, find on another and then, together, discover an isolated, nearly uninhabited cape, Cabo Polonio, which they claim as their secret sanctuary. Over the next 35 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’ 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.

by Carolina De Robertis

  • Publication Date: September 3, 2019
  • Genres: Fiction, Women's Fiction
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • ISBN-10: 0525521690
  • ISBN-13: 9780525521693