With Disconnect/Desencuentro (released in Spanish in 2008) Alonso makes love in all its diverse facets the essential connection between the twelve stories. Yet each one has an internal disconnect of one type or another, revealing the inherent contradictions of life itself. In Disconnectwe have a whole gamut of human relations including lesbian love, unconventional mother and son ties, chance encounters, interwoven destinies and even a dreamed death. Consistently characteristic of Alonso’s fiction is her creation of everyday scenes and dialogues that are universally understood yet deeply rooted in Cuban reality. She is a masterful observer of human foibles, revealing missteps and hypocrisy with a sure touch and letting her readers discover the many ways that people connect and disconnect with the world around them.
The release of this bilingual edition of Disconnect/Desencuentro will give readers the double pleasure of savoring the subtle humor and word play that is only fully present in the original Spanish language even as they have access to a sophisticated translation that deepens understanding for anyone not fluent in Spanish (or in Cuban cultural norms).
Disconnect/Desencuentro will be released on February 3, 2012–pre-order on the Cubanabooks website http://www.csuchico.edu/cubanabooks/TITLES/disconnect.html, or after the release date order through Cubanabooks, Amazon, or Itasca Books 1-800-901-3480/ firstname.lastname@example.org.