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Spirits of the ordinary: a tale of Casas Grandes

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Publisher:
Harcourt Brace,
Pub. Date:
1998.
Edition:
1st Harvest ed.
Language:
English
Description
This "strong and finely rendered book" (Larry McMurtry) takes us to the Mexican-american border in the 1870s, conjuring up a magical tale of faith, gold, and family passions that "echoes the style of Isabel Allende and Laura Esquivel" (Washington Post Book World). Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award. A spectacular tapestry of folklore, spirituality, and landscape, this extraordinary first novel vividly blurs fantasy and reality as it details one family's search for identity. In a small village in northern Mexico, the Carabajals have long been practicing their Jewish faith in secret. The father, Julio, spends his days dabbling with alchemy. His wife, Mariana, cannot speak but is clairvoyant. Their son has allied himself with a Catholic woman and is obsessed with his search for gold. Central to the surprising destinies of these characters are the momentous events and the ancient and sacred cliff dwellings of Casas Grandes, high in the mountains. This story of two cultures, of the elusive bonds of love and faith, is dazzling in its originality. It is for all readers who loved Allende's The House of Spirits or Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate.
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9780156005685
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