April 2010 Recommendations
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A stunning debut in which pregnant Lily, confined to bed rest, is surrounded by loved ones who each tell a story to coax the baby out.
Mascarenhas uses a 15-year-old girl's disappearance to spin a multilayered history of a Venezuelan family, incorporating folklore, political intrigue and magical realism...Other recurring themes tying together disparate plot strands: an underground political struggle, the legend of unofficial saint Maria Lionza, telenovela screenwriting and the act of storytelling (a Martinez family obsession). At times overwhelming in its breathless explosions of information, this family epic is immersive; no character or event is left unexplored from multiple perspectives. Indeed, the conclusion is like the final piece of an intricate puzzle. ”
Margaret Mascarenhas is a consulting editor, curator and novelist, the author of the Diasporic novel, Skin, Penguin India 2001 (published in French translation by Mercure de France in 2002, and in Portuguese translation by Editora Replicacao in 2006), and of...
Causes Margaret Mascarenhas Supports
Goa Bachao Abhiyan
Margaret’s Favorite Books
Love in the Time of Cholera, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The Implacable Order of Things, Canto General, Anthills of the Savannah, Sula, ...and others