[UCP Books]: Papi: A Novel

“As delirious as it is powerful, Papi is a harrowing vision of a daughter trapped in the underworld of her father. Rita Indiana is one of a kind.”
—Junot Díaz


“Most children believe their parents are perfect, and the realization that they aren’t typically comes as something of a shock. But the 8-year-old unnamed protagonist of Dominican writer Indiana’s English-language debut is not typical. . . . Palpable pain spills forth, as do the girl’s confusion, angst, and tumultuous inner life. A masterfully drawn, if sad, work of experimental coming-of-age fiction.”
—Kirkus Reviews


“Exists somewhere between dream and delirium. . . . Indiana’s stream-of-consciousness narrative creates a world like Alice’s Wonderland—if it had been set in the Dominican Republic, that is. Papi is a curiosity, apparently a cult classic in the Caribbean, while its author is a celebrated musician and something of a cult classic herself. Does that make her sui generis? Readers will decide for themselves.”




Translated by
Achy Obejas

Domestic Publication Date: 15 April 2016
Foreign Publication Date: 25 April 2016
152 pages | 5 ½ x 8 ½
ISBN-13: 978-0-226-24489-1
Paper $16.00/₤11.00




Rita Indiana is a music composer and producer and rising star of contemporary Caribbean literature. She is the author of two short story collections and three novels. Achy Obejas is a Cuban American journalist, writer, and translator.

Please contact Nicholas Lilly at 773.702.7490 or nlilly@uchicago.edu for more information.



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