Coyhaiqueer carries out an analysis of Coyhaique's (Chile’s southern city) daily life during the eighties and nineties. There she explores forbidden topics such as suicide, the LGBTI world, HIV, the militarization of Patagonia, classism, the concept of family not conceived as relatives but as lasting friendships, drugs, youth, the obligation of young people to seek for success outside the city, uprooting and wounds inflicted through time, among others.
Through the protagonist, Elena, the author develops in fourteen chapters a narrative linked to the chronicle.
This is the first novel by Ivonne Coñuecar with which she consolidated as one of the best young writers from very southern literature.
“We call it the capital, Macondo, Ithaca, Twin Peaks, Coyhaiqueer. We stuck with the last name, we were proud of our differences. It would never again be a silent place where life would occur on the sly, assembling and disassembling like a Rubik's cube, until matching the right color..."[...] "There were days when time stopped, we would go to the Indian's Stone, and if it hadn't been for the river following its course, we would have thought that we had died or that we were frozen. It was so easy to be dead or frozen at the end of the world. We tried to say things that could only be told with the eyes, we learned to hold our silence, especially when we were at the Indian's Stone, so close to slipping and saying goodbye. The wind came with such intensity that we could barely hear ourselves. We would be infinite and young, dancing drunk, walking around in the early morning, asking where to go next; watching the sunrise from the viewpoints with sore eyes and laughing about anything. That place we called a city because we wanted it to be a city, and we wanted to grow without growing, and to feel that there would be someone to hold us, and someone waiting for us at home when we decided to return. And there were so many eyes watching that we learned to look at ourselves in, that was the moment I knew and dared to feel desire for a girl. I defined my position. We defined our positions …”p. 136