El verano de las mariposas

By Booklist

After finding a dead body in the river, Odilia and her four sisters venture to find the man’s family in this timely tale of reunification. The larger narrative follows the five sisters on an Odyssey-like journey to find peace and justice for this man, who lost his life trying to cross the Rio Grande. The story also broaches coming to terms with their father’s abandonment and what it means to start a new family. The mix of fantasy, folklore, and cultural markers like La Llorona and la Loteria reveal Garcia McCall’s talent for words, and David Bowles’ Spanish translation of Summer of the Mariposas (2012) truly captures Garcia McCall’s voice and lyrical storytelling. Zoraida Córdova’s Labyrinth Lost (2016) offers a similar discussion of fantasy, folklore, and family in Latinx communities.