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  • Tidal Waters

Charco Press

Tidal Waters

by Velia Vidal.

Translated from Spanish by Annie McDermott.

  • £11.99
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  • Paperback published on 14/05/2024
  • Page count: 135 pages
  • ISBN: 9781913867768
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An epistolary, fictional account of one woman moving towards happiness in the black community of Colombia’s Pacific coast.


An epistolary, fictional account of one woman moving towards happiness in the black community of Colombia's Pacific coast. After a long absence, the writer of these letters has come home to Chocó, to the Afro-Colombian community, to her family, to the sea. This is where the Pacific meets the Caribbean, and where she's establishing herself anew. Tidal Waters is one side of a years-long correspondence describing that homecoming, and her work to build a literary centre, writing career, and festival with and for the people there. Yet it is also a claim-staking of her decision to pursue happiness now; an account of her immersion in the towns and rivers and forests she came from; a redefinition of her relationship to sex and love in real time; and a vision of how creating something (for your community, for yourself) is a way of reading and writing your way into a known place and a new self. "You know me, I'm just like the Pacific. I can be calm one minute and then suddenly break into great powerful waves, which crash down and end up changing the landscape."

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