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andlt;Pandgt;Told by six women in one family, Veronica Gonzalez Pena's andlt;Iandgt;The Sad Passionsandlt;/Iandgt; captures the alertness, beauty, and terror of childhood lived in proximity to madness. Set against the backdrop of a colonial past, spanning three generations, and shuttling from Mexico City to Oaxaca to the North Fork of Long Island to Veracruz, andlt;Iandgt;The Sad Passions andlt;/Iandgt;is the lyrical story of a middle-class Mexican family torn apart by the undiagnosed mental illness of Claudia, a lost child of the 1960s and the mother of four little girls.andlt;/Pandgt;andlt;Pandgt;It is 1960, and the wild and impulsive sixteen-year-old Claudia elopes from her comfortable family home in Mexico City with Miguel, a seductive drifter who will remain her wandering husband for the next twenty years. Hitchhiking across the United States with Miguel, sometimes spending the night in jails, Claudia stops sleeping and begins seeing visions. Abandoned at a small clinic in Texas, she receives electroshock treatment while seven months pregnant with her first daughter. Afterward, Miguel leaves her, dumb and drooling, at her mother's doorstep.andlt;/Pandgt;andlt;Pandgt;Living more often at her mother's home than with Miguel, Claudia will give birth to four girls. But when Julia, her second daughter, is inexplicably given away to a distant relation in Los Angeles, Claudia's fragile, uncertain state comes to affect everyone around her. Julia's disappearance — which could symbolize the destabilizing effect of manic depression — will become the organizing myth in all of the daughters' unsettled lives; for if one can disappear, why not all of them?andlt;/Pandgt;

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Told by six women in one family, Veronica Gonzalez Pena's The Sad Passions captures the alertness, beauty, and terror of childhood lived in proximity to madness. Set against the backdrop of a colonial past, spanning three generations, and shuttling from Mexico City to Oaxaca to the North Fork of Long Island to Veracruz, The Sad Passions is the lyrical story of a middle-class Mexican family torn apart by the undiagnosed mental illness of Claudia, a lost child of the 1960s and the mother of four little girls.

It is 1960, and the wild and impulsive sixteen-year-old Claudia elopes from her comfortable family home in Mexico City with Miguel, a seductive drifter who will remain her wandering husband for the next twenty years. Hitchhiking across the United States with Miguel, sometimes spending the night in jails, Claudia stops sleeping and begins seeing visions. Abandoned at a small clinic in Texas, she receives electroshock treatment while seven months pregnant with her first daughter. Afterward, Miguel leaves her, dumb and drooling, at her mother's doorstep.

Living more often at her mother's home than with Miguel, Claudia will give birth to four girls. But when Julia, her second daughter, is inexplicably given away to a distant relation in Los Angeles, Claudia's fragile, uncertain state comes to affect everyone around her. Julia's disappearance — which could symbolize the destabilizing effect of manic depression — will become the organizing myth in all of the daughters' unsettled lives; for if one can disappear, why not all of them?

About the Author

Veronica Gonzalez Pena is the author of twin time: or, how death befell me, which won the Premio Aztlán Literary Prize in 2007. She is also the founder of rockypoint Press, which produces a series of artist-writer collaborations.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781584351207
Author:
Gonzalez Pe A, Veronica
Publisher:
Semiotext(e)
Author:
Gonzalez Peña, Veronica
Author:
Veronica Gonzalez Pe�a
Author:
Gonzalez Pe a., Veronica
Author:
Gonzalez, Veronica
Author:
Veronica Gonzalez Peña
Author:
Gonzalez Pe�a, Veronica
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Literature-Contemporary Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Semiotext(e) / Native Agents The Sad Passions
Publication Date:
20130517
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 band#38;w illus.
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 344 pages Semiotext(e) - English 9781584351207 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Told by six women in one family, Veronica Gonzalez Pena's The Sad Passions captures the alertness, beauty, and terror of childhood lived in proximity to madness. Set against the backdrop of a colonial past, spanning three generations, and shuttling from Mexico City to Oaxaca to the North Fork of Long Island to Veracruz, The Sad Passions is the lyrical story of a middle-class Mexican family torn apart by the undiagnosed mental illness of Claudia, a lost child of the 1960s and the mother of four little girls.

It is 1960, and the wild and impulsive sixteen-year-old Claudia elopes from her comfortable family home in Mexico City with Miguel, a seductive drifter who will remain her wandering husband for the next twenty years. Hitchhiking across the United States with Miguel, sometimes spending the night in jails, Claudia stops sleeping and begins seeing visions. Abandoned at a small clinic in Texas, she receives electroshock treatment while seven months pregnant with her first daughter. Afterward, Miguel leaves her, dumb and drooling, at her mother's doorstep.

Living more often at her mother's home than with Miguel, Claudia will give birth to four girls. But when Julia, her second daughter, is inexplicably given away to a distant relation in Los Angeles, Claudia's fragile, uncertain state comes to affect everyone around her. Julia's disappearance — which could symbolize the destabilizing effect of manic depression — will become the organizing myth in all of the daughters' unsettled lives; for if one can disappear, why not all of them?

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