Outside the Bones
Trade Paperback | $16.95ISBN: 978-1-55885-703-2
September 30, 2011 | 208 pages
This spellbinding debut novel combines Afro-Caribbean witchcraft with a dark, unsolved mystery
ina is a big girl with a big mouth. She’s the neighborhood
—or“spirit worker” as she likes to call herself—casting spells for her neigh-bors in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. She can’t believe it when she putsan accidental
—or spell—on Chico, theirresistible trumpet-player who lives upstairs.Chico recovers just as two women from hispast turn up: his former beauty-queen loverand an attractive young woman claiming tobe his long-dead daughter. Fina is
pleased. So she visits her mentor, Tata VictorTumba Fuego, Master of Fire. He specializesin
, the Afro-Caribbean magicalart of controlling and manipulating spiritshoused in cauldrons. The Ancient One, theoldest spirit working for Victor, wants ablood sacrifice from Fina, something she hasmanaged to avoid. “We ain’t on the islandno more, we don’t sacrifice in the mountains of Africa or Cuba; we do itin our apartments.” But she needs help, so she’ll do what it takes. All toosoon she finds herself involved with a spirit whose quest for revenge can’tbe stopped.Weaving Afro-Caribbean witchcraft rituals with the sixteen-year-old mys-tery of a woman’s disappearance,
Outside the Bones
is an erotically chargedghost story set in both present-day New York and Puerto Rico. Followingin the tradition of Anne Rice, Lyn Di Iorio’s brilliant debut novel takes amesmerizing look at issues of race, class, power and greed.
LYN DI IORIO
grew up in Puerto Rico and came to the Mainland to at-tend Harvard University. She received her master’s degree from StanfordUniversity’s Creative Writing Program and her doctorate in English liter-ature from the University of California, Berkeley. She teaches literatureand creative writing at The City College of New York and The GraduateCenter of the City University of New York. She is the author of scholarlybooks on Latino literature; this is her first novel, an excerpt of which wonan honorable mention in the 2009 New Millennium Writings AwardsCompetition.