Violeta – Part 3

On the way back to Santiago, Violeta remembered Doña Ana’s crumbling the pieces of paper with Diego’s and Carmina’s names, rubbing them between her fingers, and with the lit tip of the cigar burning them. Afterward, Doña Ana threw them into the pile of wood that would become the fire for her meal that evening. […]

Violeta – Part 2

That same afternoon, her neighbor, Rafael, drove Violeta to El Caney, a small village 4.5 miles northeast of Santiago. The name “Caney” meant longhouse in Taino, the language of a tribe of Indians by the same name that first settled in this part of Cuba; eventually the Tainos spread to other parts of Cuba, building […]