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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Wings Press (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609403460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609403461
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,311,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written in exquisite prose and poetry, Villanueva's Song of the Golden Scorpion shows us the eternal expression of love- woman for herself; woman for man; humanity for its broken earth-home. The dance of Spanish and English, maiden and crone, tiger and snake, ancestors and newborns creates an unparalleled magic world where borders dissolve and love transforms, releases, and returns, bringing us ever closer to our divine perfection, BRAVA!  -Laraine Herring, author of The Writing Warrior

From the Back Cover

Alma Luz Villanueva has long been a national treasure, and her writing stands dead center at the beating heart of Chicano literature. She is a sensual mystic, and this luminous new work never fails to move us. In both ways- body and soul. - Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Queen of America and The Hummingbird's Daughter

More About the Author

The photo of me was taken in Oaxaca's wonderful restaurant, 'Como Agua Pa' Chocolate...Like Water For Chocolate,' with recipes from the novel...Quail In Rose Petals, margaritas con mezcal and so much more YUM. I was there for La Guelaguetza in July 2009, the best dancing in the streets. I now live in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and continue to teach in the MFA in creative writing program at Antioch University, Los Angeles (over sixteen years now)...a very one on one focus for writing students, low residency....one of my students lives in Hong Kong. As you can see from my list of books, I'm a poet, short story writer, novelist...everything born from poetry, my mother tongue. I'm a Yaqui/mestiza who continues to be in love with la vida and I think it's (ultimately) reflected in my writing, although I reserve the right to also 'bitch and moan' for further evolution. My web site- www.almaluzvillanueva.com and at the urging of two of my sons, I'm now on FaceBook, formerly the FaceBook grinch, am now enjoying it. I've asked Amazon to list the anthologies I'm in as there's a list both with poetry and prose...the most recent is 'SUDDEN FICTION LATINO' and 'COMING OF AGE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY' (both fiction). Briefly, I grew up in San Francisco's Mission District, raised by my Yaqui grandmother, Jesus Villanueva, with the help of my mother and aunt- and Jesus gifted me with the love of poetry, reading it to me, me reading it to her, in Spanish, and memorizing for church recitals. She also gave me the gift of story telling, the dream.

**More anthologies: 'CALIENTE! THE BEST EROTIC WRITING IN LATIN AMERICA' (fiction)...'IT'S A WOMAN'S WORLD, A CENTURY OF WOMEN'S VOICES IN POETRY' (poetry)....'UNDER THE FIFTH SUN' (fiction)....'PRAYERS FOR A THOUSAND YEARS, VISIONARIES AROUND THE WORLD' (poetry)....'500 GREAT BOOKS BY WOMEN, FROM THE 13TH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT' (novels)...'THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY, 1996' (poetry)...'PEMBROKE MAGAZINE' (Poetry)....'NO MORE MASKS!' (poetry)... 'UNSETTLING AMERICA' (poetry) My third novel, 'LUNA'S CALIFORNIA POPPIES,' excerpted in the wonderful anthology, 'CALIFLORA, A LITERARY FIELD GUIDE.'

**I have two books being published in the Fall 2013, The Twins- 'SONG OF THE GOLDEN SCORPION,' novel (NOW listed on Amazon), and 'GRACIAS,' poetry, from Wings Press. They publish beautiful books, so am very excited to hold them in my hands. My blogspot is: www.almaluzvillanueva.blogspot. My Author's Guild web site: www.almaluzvillanueva.com

I hear from so many students, from grammar to graduate students writing their thesis papers on my work, in the USA and around the world. I love hearing from the grammar to high school students, their emails always so honest and wonderful...and I realize I must remind people to post a brief review here on Amazon.



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It is a complex, multi-layered story of love and healing.
Raquel
Read it and you might come away a better thinker, a better lover, and maybe even a better human being.
Toni
A luminous, passionate love song to all the stages of this life & beyond.
kms

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gayle brandeis on January 29, 2014
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This book utterly vibrates with life--sensual and spiritual all at once, it will remind you to live in way that is full of joy and freedom and the deepest play.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By david on December 20, 2013
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A wonderful journey into the heart of humanity. A compelling piece of literature. Provocative, smart and insightful. I highly recommend it. Alma Luz Villanueva never fails to deliver a meaningful story with clarity and truth. An enjoyable read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Toni on November 26, 2013
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In this sublime and magical love story, Alma Luz Villanueva treats readers to a rich celebration of "La Vida" brimming with eroticism, mysticism, dreams, textures, sights, sounds, tastes, and smells as well as passion that spans lifetimes.

The prose alone is a delight and she goes beyond that weaving in poetry (her own and others') that elevates the experience and awakens the senses. Many passages warrant being re-read out loud; they're that gorgeous.

The main characters and lovers, Javier, a young medical doctor, and Xochiquetzal, a middle-aged photographer/poet with a PhD, are intellectually curious thus the reader goes with them on an exploration as the two examine Mexican culture, class, and history that includes the Spanish as well as the Indians and the intersection of the two. Villanueva also looks at other cultures and their collective wounds, Japanese and Israeli among them. She brings these together via colorful characters met through travels and rendered with great affection.

I fell in love with Xochiquetzal and Javier as their love for each other deepened and they became as real to me as dear friends.

This a book for people who enjoy expanding their minds. Read it and you might come away a better thinker, a better lover, and maybe even a better human being.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arlo Hennings on November 24, 2013
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Song of the Golden Scorpion is more than a beautiful story. It also is music between the spheres of dream, myth, blood and flesh: the DNA of all things. Eloquently penned prose/poetry, Villanueva's masterful voice will carry you across this highly imaginative journey and entertain you with unforgettable characters, scenes, plot, epiphany, self-realization, metaphors, and Eros so hot my Nook had to be cooled in the refrigerator between chapters. I highly recommend reading the six years in the making masterpiece.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kms on November 10, 2013
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Song of the Golden Scorpion is a celebration of friendship, love, eating, drinking, dancing, the earth, and the heavens. A luminous, passionate love song to all the stages of this life & beyond.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J E Besmehn on March 6, 2014
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I want to live in a vibrant village in Mexico, to swim, talk, eat, dream, love, make love deeply, to drink margaritas and cafe muy fuerte, to howl with joy and longing, to accept and understand and be understood, known. This book delivers. It exudes an energy and light as powerful as a day in the sun, a daily dose of vitamin D on every page! A healing book for the darkness too often emphasized in fiction and life. More than story, this is a song of conscious joy to be enveloped by. Listen, sing, be sung.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lorie Adair on March 3, 2014
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Sultry, sexy, a mini-vacation each time I picked up the book to read. Villanueva's writing brought me back to the cobblestone streets of San Miguel de Allende, a place near and dear to my heart. The infusion of poetry intensified the experience. Bravo!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazon143er on October 4, 2014
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This story was more than I anticipated. I was expecting a love story that defies age with a bit of travel, some inspiration thrown in, and maybe some historical references mentioned. What I got was so much more. “Song of the Golden Scorpion” was an endearing chronicle of two people who met while on a Puerto Vallarta beach and began a torrid love affair. Although the book spanned thirty years (Part V is written in the future), Javier and Xochiquetzal relationship lasted 12. “Song of the Golden Scorpion” weaved both Javier and Xochiquetzal’s love for one another together while showcasing spiritual transformations and overcoming cultural prejudices.

The author did an excellent job illustrating the rich culture of Mexico: the sites, the people, the food, the wardrobe, etc. I felt I was there with the characters often wishing I was eating with them. She also did a fantastic job with the spiritual realm. Lavish poems are spread throughout the read exposing the mind, body, and spirit of the couple.

Xochiquetzal was my favorite character. She was educated, strong, confident, and comfortable in her skin. Javier and Xochiquetzal’s 12 year bond illustrated growth between the characters. While reading the book I wished the couple would marry but by the end I understood why they did not. What the couple discovered about themselves and each other transcends time and space, and tops any marriage of the traditional sense.

One of my favorite passages came from Part III in the book. The question “what is freedom” and how it is answered is beautiful. It made me think about what freedom means to me.

The last 2% of the story was a heartfelt meeting between Javier and Xochiquetzal after 18 years. I honestly felt the warmth and love between the characters.
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