Spirits of the Ordinary

Spirits of the Ordinary

A Tale of Casas Grandes

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
A blend of folklore, surrealism, and passion in the style of Isabel Allende follows three generations of one family on the Mexico-Texas border, led by a Jewish patriarch who hopes the Torah will reveal his son's future. A first novel. IP.

Blackwell North Amer
When the tale opens in the 1870s in a village in northern Mexico, the Caraval family has long been clandestine Jews. To the dismay of his parents, however, Zacarias abandons religion and wanders in the desert, searching for gold.
At home in Saltillo, his wife Estela takes the rare and bold step of declaring herself independent from her husband and raises their children on her own. But as she takes a lover and tries to make her own path, she learns that the time-honored traditions of Saltillo can be tested only so far. Her young brother and sister, androgynous twins with unsettling powers, have already been banished north of the border, where many of the novel's events unfold.
Central to the surprising destinies of these characters, and perhaps even to the future of Mexico, are the momentous events at the ancient and sacred cliff dwellings of Casas Grandes.

& Taylor

Tells the story of several generations of a Mexican Jewish family, and the different paths taken by its members

Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c1997
ISBN: 9780811814478
Characteristics: 244 p. ; 21 cm


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