Twenty-four year old Daniella is an architecture student living with her narcissistic artist boyfriend in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Abandoned by her father at an early age, Daniella always falls for the wrong type of man. Her most enduring male relationship so far is with her 30-pound Turkish angora cat. Thankfully, Daniella’s mother is always there to offer a shoulder. Several strange mysteries are threaded through Daniella’s everyday life; her ex-husband, Ismael, has just opened an outlandish hotel for animal lovers that has her distraught; Ismael’s wife, a rich woman Daniella fondly refers to as "Lady Dracula," has some gruesome ways to keep her skin looking young; Daniella’s mother is founding a revolutionary, feminist society called The Praying Mantises; the island’s national forest is being depleted of hallucinogenic mushrooms; meanwhile, young girls are disappearing and there’s a nut loose dressed as Zorro slashing the rear ends of women who wear miniskirts. Oppressed by all these crazed, eccentric characters, Daniella feels herself falling into an abyss. Then something horrendous happens, making Daniella wake from her stupor and take charge of her life.
If you ever want to read a book that will make you feel normal, then this is it. Mayra Calvani has brought together the most bizarre aspects of the human condition into the characters in this book.
The story starts off with Daniella hearing the news that her ex-mother-in-law has died from a massive case of the hiccups. Things continuously get stranger as the story goes. The author’s wry wit stands out in this story. It will have you laughing so hard that your stomach hurts.
There are many subplots woven throughout the story. They don’t detract from it at all. In fact, I feel that each one enhances the main story in its own way.
Overall, this was a really quick read that is well worth it. This will also be a keeper book because its one of those books that each time you read it, you will walk away with more from it.
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