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  The Stillness of Love and Exile tells the story of a beautiful young Mexican woman who journeys through worldly struggles and mystical experiences to find true love and happiness. Lilia is raped at a young age and shamed into a loveless marriage where she remains trapped for six years. Finally gathering the courage to escape, she moves in with her grandfather in Hidalgo. The events that unfold there blend the present and past in a way that is both spiritual and supernatural. Lilia is torn by her love for two men with remarkable similarities. After a bewildering string of coincidences and confusions, Lilia sets off down a tumultuous road of passion to uncover the truth and find peace.   
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The Stillness of Love and Exile tells the story of a beautiful young Mexican woman who journeys through worldly struggles and mystical experiences to find true love and happiness. Lilia is raped at a young age and shamed into a loveless marriage where she remains trapped for six years. Finally gathering the courage to escape, she moves in with her grandfather in Hidalgo. The events that unfold there blend the present and past in a way that is both spiritual and supernatural. Lilia is torn by her love for two men with remarkable similarities. After a bewildering string of coincidences and confusions, Lilia sets off down a tumultuous road of passion to uncover the truth and find peace.   

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Seven years before she began her journey along the highway of desire, Lilia was a mere sixteen-year old and had lived an uneventful but happy childhood in her Coahuila hometown of Nueva Rosita. The eldest of four siblings, she had been a gentle and synpathetic child.  But time betrayed her to her misfortune because as she entered adolescence, her spirit of gentleness adorned itself with the symbols of a premature sexuality.  Her body grew up before she could discern what the changes meant, and she began to experience  a persistent restlessness alien to her innocence. Anxiousness---her immature sexual desires--constantly interrupted her sleep, and when she did sleep, she dreamt of being awake all the time. Suddenly, she lost interest in those things she had once loved: her books, her friends, and their games. She had no comprehension that her restless and formless sexuality could one day transform itself into the desire for a man's love even though, unknown to her, she already inspired an intense longing in men because was not kinetic but a serene-like liquidity that suggested she could decipher their death anxieties. 

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About Rosa

 

Rosa Martha Villarreal is a native Texan whose family origins date back to the early Spanish colonies of Northern Mexico in the 1500s. A direct descendant of several founding families of Texas, Coahuila and Nuevo Leon, Villarreal has dedicated her life to researching...

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Feb.05.2009

Magic and mystery abound in “Chronicles of Air and Dreams: A Novel of Mexico” by Rosa Martha Villarreal (Archer Books: $22, 239 pages), but the book is not just another work of magical realism. Although the...

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