Chela

      Daniela Chamorro Mantica
Chela

CHELA is a collection of flash stories set in Nicaragua. These three stories are brief, intimate windows into the earthquake of 1972, the tense election of 1989, and the current tourism boom.CHELA contains three stories: "Restoration Work," "The Candidate," and "New Year's Eve for Dummies." In "Restoration Work," Hannah visits the capital city's gothic cathedral after an earthquake destroys the city, looking for some redemption. In "The Candidate," the 1980s draw to a close as a CIA official speaks to the editor of Nicaragua's national newspaper. The CIA official hopes to convince him to bring the United States' preferred candidate into the upcoming presidential race, but the editor distrusts her motivations. "New Year's Eve for Dummies" jumps ahead a couple decades into present-day San Juan del Sur. A young woman who has been recently dumped finds it difficult to enjoy the beach town's loud New Year's celebrations, until she takes part in a local tradition.
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