DescriptionFor him it began with a bright blue parrot feather that fell from Ella Lynch's hat when she was horseback riding in the Bois de Boulogne. The year was 1854, and Francisco Solano Lopez--Franco, the future dictator of Paraguay--began his courtship of the young, beautiful Irishwomen with a poncho, a Paraguayan band, and a horse named Mathilde. From Paris, Ella Lynch follows Franco to Asuncion, where she reigns as his mistress. Isolated and estranged in this new world, she embraces her lover's ill-fated dream--one fueled by outsize imperial ambition and heedless arrogance, and with devastating consequences for Paraguay and all its inhabitants. A historical epic that tells an unusual love story, The News from Paraguay offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of nineteenth-century Paraguay, a largely untouched wilderness where Europeans and North Americans intermingle with both the old Spanish aristocracy and native Guarani Indians. The urgency of the narrative, the imaginative richness of its intimate detail, and the wealth of characters whose stories are skillfully layered and unfolded recall the epic novels of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Mario Vargas Llosa. The New from Paraguay captures the devastating havoc wrought on both a country's fate and a woman's heart by ruthless ambition and war.
December 01, 2005
5.34 X 1.28 X 5.7 inches | 0.57 pounds
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About the Author
Lily Tuck is the author of several novels, including: I Married You for Happiness; The Woman Who Walked on Water; Siam, or the Woman Who Shot a Man, nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award; The News From Paraguay, winner of the National Book Award; and the biography Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante.
"Impressively researched, lushly written ... a splendid realization if its rich subject and Tuck's best so far."