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The Iliac Crest

Cristina Rivera Garza’s <br><i>The Iliac Crest</i>

Cristina Rivera Garza’s
The Iliac Crest

Reviewed by Craig Epplin

If our bones will betray us, if they can betray us, it is because they have stories to tell. Like the rings of a tree, our bones have secrets to share with those who know how to listen. And in fact, much of the plot of The Iliac Crest turns on a secret. “I know you are a woman,” the houseguest breathes into the narrator’s ear one evening. The doctor does not immediately react, but the revelation of the secret, the dramatic display of the power inherent in its possession, interrupts his internal world and sense of self.