I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies.
As you can easily imagine I frequently browse used bookstores for hidden treasures. I recently stumbled upon an enormous, clean, and well-organized shop. To my surprise, the proprietor was selling most of his inventory for 4, 6, or 9 dollars. Among that treasure trove was a slim novel, Malinche by Laura Esquivel, which recounts the genocide perpetrated on the indigenous Mexican Indians at the hands of Hernán Cortés and his Spanish soldiers.