Sunday, January 17, 2010

2010 book 19

Margaret Mascarenhas' The Disappearance of Irene Dos Santos
Elizabeth recommended this book to me like months and months ago, and the library finally got it in, so yay. Despite the title, this isn't really a mystery (though the titular Irene's disappearance is somewhat mysterious to the reader)--it's more about a young woman on the verge of giving birth whose family and friends are telling their life stories while she's on bedrest. There's some great stuff about a Venezuelan goddess/saint called Maria Lionza, and most of the stories are actually pretty thrilling. Eventually things started dragging a bit, though, and I'm still pondering the end--this would make an excellent book discussion book. B.

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