Tigers, Not DaughterseBook - 2020
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Taking its title from Shakespeare’s King Lear, this lyrical story of the Mexican-American Torres sisters tackles grief and revenge. After oldest sister Ana dies, she haunts the family’s home until her siblings finally confront their neglectful father and Ana’s abusive boyfriend.
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Tigers, Not Daughters focuses on the lives of Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, the three younger sisters of Ana, who died tragically almost a year ago to the day. None of the three sisters, nor their father, have handled the loss of Ana well. Even before Ana fell from the tree outside her bedroom window, the four Torres sisters had wanted to leave their small town just outside of San Antonio. All three surviving sisters have their own grief and regret with regards to Ana, each unfolding with the story. Each needs something of Ana that it another sister, or even an ex-boyfriend, may seem to have. As they attempt to survive their grief, each sister is visited by Ana as she tries to make her message clear.
As far as ghost stories go, this one is a slow motion train wreck that shows that humans can be far scarier than ghosts. Each moment of the week leading up to the year anniversary of Ana’s death is riddled with horrific incidents that are grotesque compared to the mild haunting that Ana is playing upon the house. Each sister struggles with their own demons that have only materialized and grown since Ana left them.
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