Jaguar Paloma and the Caketown Bar by Jess Wells Genre: Magical Realism, Historical Fiction
Paloma and the Caketown Bar
Magical Realism, Historical Fiction
1865 in the shanty town of Tartatenango, the Caketown Bar is owned by
the extraordinary Jaguar Paloma, matriarch of a village that is
home to raucous miscreants, cast-off mothers, muleteers, and forgers.
Amid drunken monks, a roaring trade in faked marriages just for fun,
and the Romani, all balance on the knife-edge between legality and
the illicit. Paloma’s life is honed by this community, as their
lives are affected by her mystery and magic.
of this extraordinary gathering is Orietta Becerra. Breathtakingly
beautiful and ambitious, her distillery builds the success of
Caketown. But when she crosses the tracks and marries the town’s
mayor, her double life severs her friendship with Paloma and the town
starts to pay the highest of prices.
to this land of chaos and feminine power is a forger, a murderer, the
darker shade of the female heart, and a Civil War that claims men
before their time.
– men want to destroy it. Women want to play in it. The township
itself has to fight on all sides to survive.
in evocative magical realism, Jaguar
Paloma and the Caketown Bar is
a tale of wronged women who stand up to be counted.
Wells is the author of six novels and five books of short stories,
winner of the Bronze Medal in the 2020 Foreword Reviews Indies Award
for Adult Fiction/Romance, the recipient of a San Francisco Arts
Commission Grant for Literature, a four-time finalist for the
national Lambda Literary Award, and a member of the Saints &
Sinners Literary Hall of Fame. Her work has appeared in more than
three dozen literary journals and anthologies have been reprinted in
England and translated into Italian and Dutch.