Luisa de la Cueva and her family leave their home on a small Caribbean island and try to start a new life in the barrios of New York.
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Book Description Penguin Books. Book Condition: Very Good. B - Tradepaper. Very good condition; edges, corners, and covers of book show minor wear. No underlining; no highlighting; no internal markings. Stored in sealed plastic protection. In the event of a problem we guarantee full refund. 1986. B - Tradepaper. Bookseller Inventory # 603226
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Book Description Penguin, New York U. S. A., 1986. Softcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Marfree, tite early prtg; no names, not marked-in, underscored, clearance or discard. Mails from NYC usually within 12 hours. ; Contemporary American Fiction Series; 7 x 5 x 1 inches; 321 pages; \nVogue A rare and wondrous thing.[Fox] knows how to create a character. \n"A beautifully textured character study, Jan 12, 2004 \nBy Susan O'Neill (Andover, MA USA) -\nLuisa Sanchez is a tropical flower, born of a Spanish island nobleman and a peasant servant, who as a young girl is uprooted and replanted in a succession of dreary apartments in New York City's Spanish Harlem. She in turn takes up the servant's life, moving from observant, opinionated child to a stoic onlooker whose pragmatic eye registers every detail of her employers' lives. She is less acute in self-knowledge; even as she stands apart from those for whom she works, she stands apart from her own emotional center, reporting in measured tones her own surprise at the riptides in her life that stir and thwart her, the people who slip past her defenses to touch her more deeply than a husband or a lover. \nA Servant's Tale is a fascinating, beautifully-textured character study of a difficult woman, who has trained herself to be invisible and outwardly tractable but maintains an inner dignity that will not allow her, ultimately, to run from herself. There are no car chases or earth-shattering events here; Luisa has no time for the upheaval of the 40s, the politics of the 50s, the 60s' "revolution" or the sea changes of the years after. She keeps on keeping on, doing what she must to hold together her life and that of her son Charlie, the one person she loves deeply, simply; the one person who can cause her soul-crushing pain. \n\nIt is Fox's writing that makes all the difference, breathing life into her characters and their neuroses and sometimes psychoses. She made me care about Luisa's world, about her peculiar morality, her stubborn privacy, her dogged instinct to survive and, ultimately, that lightening-rod of practical intelligence, bound up and obscured beneath all those years of servitude, that I expect to see her through the years beyond the last page. \n\nThis is, in my opinion, an excellent book. It's a quiet book, and the small print makes it significantly denser than its 321 pages would imply, but the strength of its prose and images and the unique view from inside of this woman who can be as much of a mystery to herself as she is to her employers kept me interested, and made me resent the intrusions of my own life that forced me, all too many times, to put it down. It's the first of Fox's books I've ever read, and it won't be the last. Bookseller Inventory # 21088
Book Description Penguin (Non-Classics), 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. light edge wear. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000001899
Book Description Penguin (Non-Classics), 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0140083863
Book Description Penguin (Non-Classics). Book Condition: Used - Very Good. 1986. Paperback. Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # D28423
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