Lovesick

Lovesick

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Baker & Taylor
"Set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution, this romance knits the passion of a strong, independent woman into the history of a country, much in the manner of the 19th-century costumbrista tradition. Which of two men and their opposing paths will she choose? Peden's seamless translation of the richly detailed prose make for a page-turner. In its first publication under the title Mal de amores (1996), work was awarded the 1997 Râomulo Gallegos international prize for fiction"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.http://www.loc.gov/hlas/Emilia Sauri, daughter of a Spanish mother and a Mayan father, is torn between her dreams of becoming a doctor, a calling that leads to Antonio Zavalza, a physician, and her love for her childhood sweetheart, Daniel Cuenca, who leaves home to take part in the Mexican Revolution

Blackwell North Amer
A charmed young woman with the good fortune to have been born into a privileged, freethinking class of fin-de-siecle Puebla society, Emilia Sauri is the product of a family of progressive eccentrics: Diego, her father, is a Mayan curandero equally fluent in his knowledge of folk remedies and European medicine, and possessed of an incurable addiction to armchair politics; Josefa, her mother, is Diego's perfect counterpart - a devoted wife with a passion for the novels of Zola, an aversion to politics, and a soup to cure every form of emotional distress; and her aunt, Milagros, is a beautiful, fiery radical who leaves a string of heartbroken lovers in her wake rather than relinquish an ounce of her prized independence. It is Milagros, most of all, who schools Emilia in the way of the world, the art of politics, and the wars of the heart.
Emilia's heart is captured early on by her childhood playmate Daniel Cuenca - Milagros's godson and the son of a gentlemanly doctor whose weekly salons provide genteel covers for Puebla's activists and intellectuals. As his country is drawn into a civil war, Daniel heeds the call of his party and takes off after whomever he believes the most promising leader of the moment, beginning a series of brutal partings and passionate reunions that leave Emilia feeling abandoned, angry, and in spite of herself, ever more ardent.
Emilia discovers her own gift for healing and pursues the study of medicine, learning the mysterious science of herbs in her father's apothecary, apprenticing with Dr. Cuenca, and later, traveling north to Chicago to receive her formal training. It is during one of Daniel's prolonged absences that Emilia meets Antonio Zavalza, a physician who returns to Puebla to open a small hospital with his inherited wealth. Working side by side, Emilia and Dr. Zavalza fall in love, to no one's surprise, as Zavalza has been smitten with Emilia since he first heard the sound of her voice and has been a patient and steadfast suitor. He offers Emilia stability and devotion and shares her professional calling. He is a man who desires peace, whereas Daniel cannot resist the thrill of conflict.
As Emilia must sort through the affairs of her heart, shedding the bonds and prejudices of previous generations, so too must she confront the fate history presents - a nation wracked by years of war, a society awakening to the tumult of the twentieth century, and the place for a woman of many passions.

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Emilia Sauri, daughter of a Spanish mother and a Mayan father, is torn between her dreams of becoming a doctor, a calling that leads to Antonio Zavalza, a physician and man of peace, and her love for her childhood sweetheart, Daniel Cuenca, who leaves home to take part in the Mexican Revolution.

Publisher: 1997 New York Riverhead Books
ISBN: 9781573220620
1573220620
Characteristics: 292p

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