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The Invisible Mountainby Carolina De Robertis
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From the verdant hills of Rio de Janeiro to Evita Peron's glittering Buenos Aires, from the haven of a corner butcher shop to the halls of the United States Embassy in Montevideo, this gripping novelat once expansive and lush with detailexamines the intertwined fates of a continent and a family in upheaval. The Invisible Mountainis a deeply intimate exploration of the search for love and authenticity in the lives of three women, and a penetrating portrait of the small, tenacious nation of Uruguay, shaken by the gales of the twentieth century. On the first day of the year 1900, a small town deep in the Uruguayan countryside gathers to witness a miraclethe mysterious reappearance of a lost infant, Pajaritaand unravel its portents for the century. Later, as a young woman in the capital cityMontevideo, brimming with growth and promisePajarita begins a lineage of fiercely independent women with her enamored husband, Ignazio, a young immigrant from Italy and the inheritor of both a talent for boat making and a latent, more sinister family trait. Their daughter, Eva, a fragile yet ferociously stubborn beauty intent on becoming a poet, overcomes an early, shattering betrayal to embark on a most unconventional path toward personal and artistic fulfillment. And Eva's daughter, Salome, awakening to both her sensuality and political convictions amid the violent turmoil of the late 1960s, finds herself dangerously attracted to a cadre of urban guerrilla rebels, despite the terrible consequences of such principled fearlessness. Provocative, heartbreaking and ultimately life-affirming, The Invisible Mountainis a poignant celebration of the potency of familial love, the will to survive in the most hopeless of circumstances, and, above all, the fierce, fortifying connection between mother and daughter. From the Hardcover edition.
Follows the story of three generation of women of the Firielli family as they search for love and identity during the tumultuous political events of twentieth-century Uruguay.
On the first day of the year 1900, a small town deep in the Uruguayan countryside gathers to witness a miracle--the mysterious reappearance Pajarita, a lost infant who will grow up to begin alineage of fiercely independent women. Her daughter, Eva, a stubborn beauty intent on becoming a poet, overcomes a shattering betrayal to embark on a most unconventional path. And Eva's daughter, Salome, awakensto both her sensuality and political convictions amid the violent turmoil of the late 1960s.
The Invisible Mountain is a stunning exploration of thesearch for love and a poignant celebration of the fierce connection between mothers and daughters.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Carolina De Robertis was raised in England, Switzerland, and California by Uruguayan parents. Her fiction, nonfiction, and literary translations have appeared in ColorLines, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Indiana Review, among others. She is the recipient of a 2008 Hedgebrook Residency for Women Authoring Change, and the translator of the Chilean novella Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra. She lives in Oakland, California, where she is at work on her second novel.
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