In the midst of a water shortage, a mango vendor weighs her desire for a taxi driver against wanting to bathe first. Protesting an illegal extradition, two like-minded student activists march on Honduras’s U.S. embassy but find themselves drifting apart in more complicated ways. And as flooding and hunger threaten the safety of his family, a father continues to strike against the United Fruit Company. Set against political and environmental turmoil in Honduras over the scope of more than half a century, the stories in Rain Revolutions mark the beginnings of a promising young Honduran writer.
Rain Revolutions is a minor miracle. In three important stories, Bessie Flores Zaldívar connects the dots between individual characters and the failures of the systems that define the parameters of their agency. National infrastructure, poverty, imperialism—these massive forces constrain the characters' lives, but not their hearts. Watch out for Zaldívar; I can't wait to see what she does next. —Matthew Salesses, author of Craft in the Real World