Summer of the Mariposas

By A Kernel of Nonsense

Guadalupe Garcia McCall’s Summer of the Mariposas combines elements from Homer’s The Odyssey and Mexican folklore in this epic tale of five sisters discovering what it means to be a family. One of my favorite elements about this novel is the relationship between the Garza sisters. I enjoyed Summer of the Mariposas, especially the personal journey the sisters experience, how they learn to appreciate one another and the parent they do have rather than dwelling on the one that left them.