Making a Scene brings together a riotous collection celebrating Cuban womenâ€™s short fiction. Distanced, by far, from the figure of the silenced woman artist of the region, the authors featured in this anthology indicate through a breadth of themes, styles, techniques and compelling storytelling, a crucial coming of age. The narratives range from moving accounts of old age, such as Aida Bahrâ€™s â€˜Not Quite Perfectâ€™ (Imperfecciones) and Aymara Aymerichâ€™s â€˜The Woman, The Mirror and the Columnâ€™ (La mujer del espejo de la columna), to Ana Luz Garciaâ€™s magical â€˜The Guestsâ€™ (Los convidados). Several tales focus on the 1990s, a time usually referred to as Cubaâ€™s Special Period.
The authors of this rich, robust and at times wryly humorous collection include Ester DÃaz Llanillo, MarÃa Elena Llana, Rosa Ileana Boudet, Josefina de Diego, Marilyn Bobes, Mylene FernÃ¡ndez Pintado, Magaly Sanchez, Adelaida FernÃ¡ndez de Juan, Nancy Alonso, Ana Lidia Vega Serova, and Mirta YÃ¡Ã±ez.