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A message from God in the atomic age

Author: Irene Vilar
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A Message from God in the Atomic Age is a razor-sharp memoir about the allure of suicide for three generations of women in one Puerto Rican family. March 1, 1954: Lolita Lebron, a young Puerto Rican nationalist, opens fire on the United States House of Representatives, proclaiming, "I did not come here to kill, I came here to die." She is sentenced to life in prison. March 1, 1977: After attending her son's wedding  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Vilar, Irene, 1969-
Message from God in the atomic age.
New York : Pantheon Books, ©1996
(OCoLC)656908299
Named Person: Irene Vilar; Lolita Lebrón; Irene Vilar; Lolita Lebrón; Gladys Mendez
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Irene Vilar
ISBN: 0679422811 9780679422815
OCLC Number: 33865321
Description: x, 324 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Irene Vilar ; translated from the Spanish by Gregory Rabassa.
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A Message from God in the Atomic Age is a razor-sharp memoir about the allure of suicide for three generations of women in one Puerto Rican family. March 1, 1954: Lolita Lebron, a young Puerto Rican nationalist, opens fire on the United States House of Representatives, proclaiming, "I did not come here to kill, I came here to die." She is sentenced to life in prison. March 1, 1977: After attending her son's wedding in Puerto Rico on February 27th, Gladys Mendez (Lebron's daughter) leaps from a speeding car driven by her husband, despite her eight-year-old daughter's desperate attempts to restrain her. She dies two days later, without ever regaining consciousness. February 1, 1988: Recently arrived from Puerto Rico to attend Syracuse University, Irene Vilar (granddaughter of Lebron and daughter of Mendez) is committed to Hutchings Psychiatric Hospital following a suicide attempt. Alternating between Vilar's notes from the psychiatric ward and her recounting of her family history, A Message from God in the Atomic Age is an urgent, richly evocative meditation on family. Vilar unravels the fantastical myths and delves into the frightening secrets that have haunted a grandmother, mother, and daughter.

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