Book Review: Jamie Figueroa captivates with debut novel Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer

Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer book cover

In the tiny tourist town of Ciudad de Tres Hermanas, brother and sister Rafa and Rufina are slowly unravelling in the aftermath of their mother’s death. But, although Rosalinda has passed away, she is yet to pass on, making her presence known by banging pots and pans and kicking the walls.

Rufina sees and hears her, but Rafa – Rosalinda’s favourite – does not. And he’s taking her death the hardest, slipping away into a darkness Rufina knows he will not return from. So she offers a wager.

If they can make enough money over the next weekend, Rafa can leave this place. Take the cash, head to the islands where he was at his happiest, and save himself from this despair. And if they can’t? Then Rufina will resign herself to whatever path Rafa chooses – wherever it may lead.

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