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The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir

From the author of the “original, politically daring and passionately written” (Vogue) novel FRUIT OF THE DRUNKEN TREE comes a dazzling, kaleidoscopic memoir reclaiming her family's otherworldly legacy.

For Ingrid Rojas Contreras, magic runs in the family. Raised amid the political violence of 1980s and '90s Colombia, in a house bustling with her mother’s fortune-telling clients, she was a hard child to surprise. Her maternal grandfather, Nono, was a renowned curandero, a community healer gifted with what the family called “the secrets”: the power to talk to the dead, tell the future, treat the sick, and move the clouds. And as the first woman to inherit “the secrets,” Rojas Contreras’ mother was just as powerful. Mami delighted in her ability to appear in two places at once, and she could cast out even the most persistent spirits with nothing more than a glass of water.

This legacy had always felt like it belonged to her mother and grandfather, until, while living in the U.S. in her 20s, Rojas Contreras suffered a head injury that left her with amnesia. As she regained partial memory, her family was excited to tell her that this had happened before. Decades ago, Mami had taken a fall that left her with amnesia, too. And when she recovered, she had gained access to “the secrets.”

Audiobook available, read by Marisol Ramirez

The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir
by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

  • Publication Date: July 12, 2022
  • Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday
  • ISBN-10: 0385546661
  • ISBN-13: 9780385546669