OVERRIDE

Captain of the Sleepers

A Novel

Mayra Montero; Translated by Edith Grossman

Picador

For fifty years, Andrés Yasin has carried a grudge against J. T. Bunker. Now, Bunker, eighty-two years old and dying of cancer, wants to tell his side of a story, a story of his affair with Andrés's mother. As a child Andrés knew Bunker as the "Captain of the Sleepers"—so called because he transported the bodies of those who had died off the island, but wished to be buried at home. But what really happened between Bunker and Andrés's mother, between his mother and her next lover, a leader in the Puerto Rican Nationalistic Insurrection, and what were the actual circumstances of Andrés's mother's mysterious death?
 
In this taut, erotic novel that slips effortlessly between past and present, remembrance and reality, Mayra Montero describes a feverish Caribbean childhood of secrets, disillusionment, and sexual awakening.

BOOK EXCERPTS

Read an Excerpt


Excerpted from Captain of the Sleepers by Mayra Montero. Copyright © 2002 by Mayra Montero. Translation copyright © 2005 by Edith Grossman. Published in September 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. All rights reserved.

I'M in the last place on earth I'd like to be. Waiting for the last person in this life I thought I'd ever see again. It's almost six. I'm sipping beer at the bar of the Pink Fancy, a hotel on St. Croix where I arrived just a few minutes ago, carrying a small week end bag.
When I arrived I was registered by a woman who didn't stop laughing. She was young
READ THE FULL EXCERPT
BACK

REVIEWS

Praise for Captain of the Sleepers

"A wonderful story."--New York magazine
 
"Too engrossing to put down."--The Nation
 
"Excellent . . . A worthy peer of the likes of Mario Vargas Llosa."--San Francisco Chronicle
 
"Her best novel yet . . . Montero--who has a wizard's ability to transfix readers' attention as she peels away successive, deceptive layers of plot and meaning--has never written better than in this increasingly suspenseful tale of divided loyalties and lingering resentment and sorrow."--Kirkus Reviews
 
"Captain of the Sleepers is an evocative, haunting story, as fatalistic, moody and inevitable as a Greek tragedy."--January Magazine
 
"Montero artfully choreographs the confluence of family, romantic and revolutionary ardor."--Publishers Weekly
 
"Montero charts the chilling undercurrents of steamy Caribbean life in novels notable for their lyrical intensity and mystery, eroticism and social acumen. . . . A haunting tale of a small place overrun by a superpower and a small family shattered by big dreams of liberation and love, and the mythic alignment of sex and death."--Booklist
 
"One of the most exciting and interesting writers of the Americas, North and South."--Julia Alvarez

Reviews from Goodreads

BACK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Mayra Montero; Translated by Edith Grossman

  • Mayra Montero is the author of seven novels, including Deep Purple, and a collection of short stories. She lives in Puerto Rico.
  • Mayra Montero Ingrid Torres
BACK

BUY THE BOOK

Available Formats and Book Details

Captain of the Sleepers

A Novel

Mayra Montero; Translated by Edith Grossman

BOOKS FOR COURSES AVAILABLE

BACK

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Picador

BACK