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|ISBN:||0393034909 9780393034905 0393326934 9780393326932|
|Awards:||Mountains & Plains Book Award, 1994.|
|Description:||251 pages ; 22 cm|
|Contents:||Account of the first astonishing occurrence in the lives of a woman named Sofia and her four fated daughters; and the equally astonishing return of her wayward husband --
On Caridad's holy restoration and her subsequent clairvoyance: Both phenomena questioned by the doubting Tomases of Tome --
On the subject of Dona Felicia's remedios, which in and of themselves are worthless without unwavering faith; and a brief sampling of common ailments along with cures which have earned our curandera respect and devotion throughout war and peace --
Of the further telling of our clairvoyant Caridad who after being afflicted with the pangs of love disappears and upon discovery is henceforth known as La Armitana --
Interlude: On Francisco el Penitente's first becoming a santero and thereby sealing his fate --
Renewed courtship of Loca's mom and dad and how in '49 Sofia got swept off her feet by Domingo's Clark Gable mustache, despite her familia's opinion of the charlatan actor --
Caridad reluctantly returns home to assume a life as what folks in "Fanta Se" call a channeler --
What appears to be a deviation of our story but wherein, with some patience, the reader will discover that there is always more than the eye can see to any account --
Sofia, who would never again let her husband have the last word, announces to the amazement of her familia and vecinos her decision to run for la mayor of Tome --
Wherein Sofia discovers La Loca's playmate by the acequia has an uncanny resemblance to the legendary Llorona; the ectoplasmic return of Sofi's eldest daughter; Fe falls in love again; and some culinary advice from La Loca --
Marriage of Sofia's faithful daughter to her cousin, Casimiro, descendant of sheepherders and promising accountant, who, by all accounts, was her true fated love; and of her death, which lingers among us all heavier than air --
Of the hideous crime of Francisco el Penitente, and his pathetic calls heard throughout the countryside as his body dangled from a pinon like a crow-picked pear; and the end of Caridad and her beloved emerald, which we nevertheless will refrain from calling tragic --
Final farewell of Don Domingo, sin a big mitote; and an encounter with un doctor invisible, or better known in these parts as a psychic surgeon, who, in any case, has no cure for death --
Dona Felicia calls in the troops who herein reveal a handful of their own tried and proven remedios; and some mixed medical advice is offered to the beloved Doctor Tolentino --
La loca Santa returns to the world via Albuquerque before her transcendental departure; and a few random political remarks from the highly opinionated narrator --
Sofia founds and becomes la first presidenta of the later-to-become world-renowned organization M.O.M.A.S.; and a rumor regarding the inevitability of double standards is (we hope) dispensed with.
Exuberant and slangy...a chili mix of the conversational and poetic...haunting...profound...powerful. "
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