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In these spectacular vignettes, the internationally acclaimed author Carlos Fuentes explores Tolstoys classic observation that “happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” In “A Family Like Any Other,” each member of the Pagán family lives in isolation, despite sharing a tiny house. In “The Mariachis Mother,” the limitless devotion of a woman is revealed as she secretly tends to her estranged sons wounds. “Sweethearts” reunites old lovers unexpectedly and opens up the possibilities for other lives and other loves. These are just a few of the remarkable stories in Happy Families, but they all inhabit Fuentess trademark Mexico, where modern obsessions bump up against those of the mythic past-and the result is a triumphant display of the many ways we reach out to one another and find salvation through irrepressible acts of love.

About the Author

Carlos Fuentes is the author of more than twenty books, including The Eagles Throne, This I Believe, The Death of Artemio Cruz, and The Old Gringo. He served as Mexicos ambassador to France from 1975 to 1977. He has received many awards and honors, including the Rómulo Gallegos Prize, the National Prize in Literature (Mexicos highest literary award), the Cervantes Prize, and the inaugural Latin Civilization Award. He has also been the recipient of Frances Legion of Honor medal, Italys Grinzane Cavour Award, Spains Prince of Asturias Award, and Brazils Order of the Southern Cross. His work has appeared in The Nation, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times Book Review, and The Washington Post Book World. He currently divides his time between Mexico City and London.

Edith Grossman, the winner of a number of translating awards, most notably the 2006 PEN Ralph Manheim Medal, is the distinguished translator of works by major Spanish-language authors, including Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Mayra Montero, and Alvaro Mutis, as well as Carlos Fuentes. Her translation of Miguel de Cervantess Don Quixote was published to great acclaim in 2003.

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