Fiebre Tropical: A Novel
Fiebre Tropical: A Novel
Juliana Delgado Lopera
This multilingual novel follows a Colombian teenager’s coming-of-age and coming out.
Publication Date: 03-03-2020
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Uprooted from her comfortable life in Bogotá, Colombia, into an ant-infested Miami townhouse, fifteen-year-old Francisca is miserable and friendless in her strange new city. Her alienation grows when her mother is swept up into an evangelical church, replete with Christian salsa, abstinent young dancers, and baptisms for the dead.
But there, Francisca also meets the magnetic Carmen: opinionated and charismatic, head of the youth group, and the pastor’s daughter. As her mother’s mental health deteriorates and her grandmother descends into alcoholism, Francisca falls more and more intensely in love with Carmen. To get closer to her, Francisca turns to Jesus to be saved, even as their relationship hurtles toward a shattering conclusion.
“When you drive around town, when you stare out the window, when you wake up in the middle of the night, whether you know it or not, you are waiting for a book like this. Fiebre Tropical is a triumph, and we’re all triumphant in its presence.” —Daniel Handler, author of All the Dirty Parts
“Fiebre Tropical is a story of migration, queerness, brokenness, and love. Juliana Delgado Lopera has written a novel across borders that buzzes with verve, fierceness, and raw emotion. Delgado Lopera forks her tongue for this book, weaving English and Spanish in inspired and irreverent prose. This book is absolute music to my ears.” —Ingrid Rojas Contreras, author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel
“A magnificent novel, by turns electric, hilarious, sexy, thrilling, wrenching, and profound. Pa decirlo clarito: Juliana Delgado Lopera is a writer of explosive talent, and this book is a fierce and radiant contribution, yes, to queer literature, Latinx literature, and immigrant literature, but also to literature, punto.” —Carolina De Robertis, author of Cantoras
"Fiebre Tropical is a literary explosion. In a rollicking, multilingual prose both wise and irreverent, brimming with snark and queer humor, Juliana Delgado Lopera crafts a migration tale we’ve never read and badly need." —Michelle Tea, author of Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms
“Gorgeously written, tragic and hilarious by turns, Fiebre Tropical is the tale of a teenager from Bogotá coming to the United States and coming of age. But more than that, it’s about a crumbling family of matriarchs gone crazy for religion, and the soul-saving, soul-crushing power of first love. Juliana Delgado Lopera’s voice prickles with tears, outrage, and sharp details that make us believe in her characters, and more importantly, to believe in their survival.” —Annalee Newitz, author of Autonomous: A Novel
“¡Ay Dios mío! This book’s got tumbao. With energetic prose and a sharp sense of humor, Juliana Delgado Lopera brings us a queer coming-of-age tale that explores diasporic identity from Bogotá to Miami, and the complicated ways that religious fervor impacts same-sex desire and one’s relationship to community. Lopera’s eye for detail is fierce and this book is easy to devour.” —Joseph Cassara, author of The House of Impossible Beauties: A Novel
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