The Road from La Cueva: 05/22/08
The Road from La Cueva by Sheila Ortego is a slim but emotionally charged novel. Ana Howland needs to figure out what she wants from life and if that includes her husband and his long but mostly unwritten list of rules.
The novel follows Ana as she learns to think and feel for herself rather than doing what others expect of her or what she thinks others expect of her. Ana thankfully does grow over the course of the novel and she makes mistakes along the way.
The narrative tightly follows Ana giving no insight into what other characters are thinking beyond what Ana herself guesses they might be thinking. There were times I wanted to know more about the people in Ana's life, especially the two men in her life.
Of course in 140 pages, there isn't much room for deep characterization. We are treated to snippets of Ana's life, her friends and her family and ultimately her transformation.