I tore right through this book in a couple of hours, and enjoyed it (woo, the supernatural!), but it left me with a funny aftertaste. Partway through started I becoming uncomfortable with the way the Mexican characters were treated (picture the magical negro relocated to the Yucatàn peninsula). And, now that the book is all over, I realize that I don't really know much of anything about the main character. I mean... she was divorced. Instead of having a personality, she is recently divorced. The men in the book tell her she's "cold," even though she "pretends to be sweet," but conveniently enough (I suppose) for the author, neither of these qualities are ever actually exhibited. Instead she freaks out at the jungle, and freaks out about men, and in the end we're supposed to believe she's like a totally transformed person - almost like Eat, Pray, Love, but with way less meditation. By the end of the book, I wished I'd read it on a tropical beach instead of in my parents' living room. I think I would've liked it a lot more that way.
The great, mysterious Olmec people... made it a practice to leave their children in the company of jaguar cubs so that they could learn the secrets of mysticism, including silence and invisibility.
The Olmecs disappeared without a trace, so maybe it worked.
And to be entirely superficial, the author seems to be kind of weird-looking in her jacket photo
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