One Hundred Bottles, with its intersecting characters and unresolved whodunits, can be read as a murder mystery. But it’s really a survivor’s story. In a voice that blends gossip, storytelling, and literature, Z — the vivacious heroine of Portela’s award-winning novel — relates her rum-soaked encounters with the lesbian underground, the characters carving up her home, and the terrifying-but-irresistible Moises. As entertaining as any detective drama, One Hundred Bottles is ultimately made real by very rough love, intense friendship, and something small that decides to live.
TRANSLATED by Achy Obejas