by V. Castro
Alejandra no longer knows who she is. To her husband, she is a wife, and to her children, a mother. To her own adoptive mother, she is a daughter. But they cannot see who Alejandra has become: a woman struggling with a darkness that threatens to consume her.
Nor can they see what Alejandra sees. In times of despair, a ghostly vision appears to her, the apparition of a crying woman in a ragged white gown.
When Alejandra visits a therapist, she begins exploring her family’s history, starting with the biological mother she never knew. As she goes deeper into the lives of the women in her family, she learns that heartbreak and tragedy are not the only things she has in common with her ancestors.
Because the crying woman was with them, too. She is La Llorona, the vengeful and murderous mother of Mexican legend. And she will not leave until Alejandra follows her mother, her grandmother, and all the women who came before her into the darkness.
But Alejandra has inherited more than just pain. She has inherited the strength and the courage of her foremothers—and she will have to summon everything they have given her to banish La Llorona forever.
The Haunting of Alejandra by V. Castro is so much more than a story about a woman haunted by La Llorona. This work is about all the blessings and traumas that come with generational experiences of the Mexican American woman. Can this translate to all women? Yes, of course it can. It is especially meaningful, however, to the Mexican American woman because La Llorona is an urban myth that is particular to our culture as is the generational trauma that coincides with it.
Castro does a masterful job at creating this layered story of generations of women and their link to, not only each other, but to their individual experiences and the connections (or misconnections) to the people in their lives. You go in expecting horror and get so much more than that in my opinion.
I cannot wait to read more of Castro's writing, and I hope you, dear reader, will give this one a shot <3