Camila is haunted by the death of her sister, Marisol, who was caught by a mudslide during the huracán. Unable to part with Marisol, Camila carries her through town, past the churchyard, and, eventually, to the supposed utopia of Memoria.
Urayoán, the idealistic, yet troubled cult leader of Memoria, has a vision for this new society, one that in his eyes is peaceful and democratic. The paradise he preaches lures in the young, including Bayfish, a boy on the cusp of manhood, and Morivivi, a woman whose outward toughness belies an inner tenderness for her friends. But as the different members of Memoria navigate Urayoán’s fiery rise, they will need to confront his violent authoritarian impulses in order to find a way to reclaim their home.
Velorio—meaning “wake”—is a story of strength, resilience, and hope; a tale of peril and possibility buoyed by the deeply held belief in a people’s ability to unite against those corrupted by power.
𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭, 𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨!
I was not expecting this story at all.
Velorio explores the trauma and aftermath of Hurricane Maria, following different characters tied together by the tragedy. A story of survival told in a really unique way.
Thank you, Partner BiblioLifestyle HarperVia Books for this gifted copy.
Velorio by Xavier Navarro Aquino releases January 4, 2022.
𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦: 𝘓𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘍𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘚𝘶𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘭 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘜𝘯𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘋𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘱𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘕𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴.
𝗛𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗛𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻𝗲 𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿?