Mastretta, Angeles Lovesick

ISBN 13: 9780099779612


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A novel that mingles fantasy with history, caprice with meditation, in a captivating chronicle of a family grappling with the tumult of a new century. Emilia Sauri is the daughter of a Spanish mother and a Mayan herbalist father. In the midst of the hardships of the Mexican rebellions of the early twentieth century, Emilia is torn between her love for two men: a childhood friend who runs off to fight in the strife, and a peace-loving doctor who reminds her of her own desire to practice medicine. An impassioned family at odds with the strict dictates of nineteenth-century Mexican decorum, the Sauris nurture a truly modern woman in Emilia, endowing her with enough gumption to become a physician, political rebel and the lover of two men.

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When young Emilia Sauri is born in turn-of-the-century Puebla, Mexico, her father expects great things for this child who will "live her entire life in a new century." Emilia grows up to be an independent woman, a doctor in a time and place when female physicians were few and far between, but history has a habit of sidetracking even the most regulated lives; the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution in 1911 throws the nation into chaos and Emilia's future into uncertainty. Angeles Mastretta's second novel, Lovesick follows the fortunes of Emilia and of Mexico as both are torn by the ravages of war. For Mexico, a dictator's triumphant overthrow slips rapidly into endless bloody revolution; for Emilia, her peaceful life as a healer is disrupted by her conflicting feelings for her lover, a fellow doctor, and Daniel Cuenca, a childhood friend-turned-revolutionary.

In real life, love and war seldom end neatly. So it is with Lovesick, a novel that refuses to give either its characters or readers easy solutions to complex problems. Emilia's choice between the meaningful existence she shares with her lover and the exhilaration she experiences with Daniel is at the heart of this book, yet Angeles Mastretta's novel doesn't wear that heart on its sleeve; like life, Lovesick leaves some questions unanswered.

About the Author:

Angeles Mastretta was born in Puebla, Mexico. She is the author of two novels, Tear This Heart Out and Lovesick. She lives in Mexico City with her husband and two children.

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Angeles Mastretta
Published by 1998-11-12. (1998)
ISBN 10: 0099779617 ISBN 13: 9780099779612
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Book Description 1998-11-12., 1998. Book Condition: New. Vintage. New Ed. Paperback. Book: GOOD. 292pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1031772

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