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Stones for Ibarra

Author: Harriet Doerr
Publisher: London : Deutch, 1985, ©1984.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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At first dark of a January evening, two Americans drive into the plaza of Ibarra, a village that lies a mile and half high on Mexico's central plateau. Richard and Sara Everton, just over and just under forty, have mortgaged, sold, and borrowed, left friends and country to settle in this remote spot. They intend to spend the rest of their lives here, in a place neither of them has seen, to speak a language neither  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harriet Doerr
ISBN: 023397752X 9780233977522
OCLC Number: 12974317
Notes: Originally published: New York : Viking Press, 1984.
Description: 214 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Harriet Doerr.

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At first dark of a January evening, two Americans drive into the plaza of Ibarra, a village that lies a mile and half high on Mexico's central plateau. Richard and Sara Everton, just over and just under forty, have mortgaged, sold, and borrowed, left friends and country to settle in this remote spot. They intend to spend the rest of their lives here, in a place neither of them has seen, to speak a language neither of them knows, to learn a landscape and new seasons. Richard expects to reopen his grandfather's abandoned copper mine and, with Sara, to occupy his grandfather's abandoned house. By April, pumps and ladders have been installed in the Malaguena mine. By May, the adobe house is whitewashed inside and out. In July, Richard learns he has six years to live. Richard's determination to make the mine and village prosper in the time left to him matches Sara's efforts to deny the doctor's diagnosis and bend fate by sheer force of will. While Richard measures time, she rejects its passage. The two Americans, Ibarra's only foreigners, live out the promised span among people who respect and misunderstand them, in a place where myth is at war with reason and magic with reality. The village and its inhabitants, at first enigmas to the Evertons, become a commitment. The lives of the villages, their raptures and tragedies, their acceptance of a relentless providence, have much to teach the Evertons. By the time they leave Ibarra, it has become their world.--Jacket flap

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