Harutu Woman by Paloma Zozaya Gorostiza
Harutu Woman (white woman) is a portrait of the clash of cultures; a novel for our times.
Selene arrives to work in Redencion, a Garifuna fishing village. There she meets Felipe, a native of the hamlet, and together with his young son they create a small family in the midst of land conflicts and the drug trade. Their lives together are marked by a fateful vortex that brings together the forces of nature and deeply rooted societal conflicts. Their Eden turns to hell: the Caribbean coast of Central America.
In Redencion, everything is a continuum, the dead look after the living and the living live to appease the dead.
As Felipe and Selene are caught in a dreadful re-enactment of an event from the past, they are helped to solve the riddle by the village medicine man, and by the ever-present spirits of the ancestors. But will they also be able to pull through the dark forces that they have unleashed by defying cultural customs and conventions?