AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other Stories

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After attending a funeral, four-year-old AlmaMia Cienfuegos wakes up screaming about a man’s bloody face. The Cienfuegos’ charm bracelet—a frog, a book and a skull—banished the nightmares. 

But when Soledad, AlmaMia’s big sister, learns that the wearer of the charms also gets the family lands, she fights AlmaMia for the heirloom. 

The Cienfuegos sisters battle with hand, blade, rock, word, fire… One ends the war with death. Read an excerpt.

“It’s the words that sing, they soar and descend… I bow to them… I love them, I cling to them, I run them down, I bite into them, I melt them down… I love words so much… The unexpected ones… The ones I wait for greedily or stalk until, suddenly, they drop… Vowels I love… They glitter like colored stones, they leap like silver fish, they are foam, thread, metal, dew… I run after certain words… I catch them in midflight, as they buzz past, I trap them, clean them, peel them, I set myself in front of the dish, they have a crystalline texture to me, vibrant, ivory, vegetable, oily, like fruit, like algae, like gates, like olives… And I stir them, I shake them, I drink them, I gulp them down, I mash them, I garnish them, I let them go… Everything exists in the word…” ~ Memoirs, by Pablo Neruda