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Kissing the Virgin's Mouth: A Novel by [Gershten, Donna M.]
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From Publishers Weekly

Choosing to tell her debut novel from the point of view of a Mexican woman, North Carolina native Gershten produces a moving, convincing tale. Born in Teatl n (for which read Mazatl n) at mid-century long before it became a resort, narrator Guadalupe Magdalena Molina V squez embodies most of the contradictions of Mexico itself: she believes in love but is suspicious of men; she rejects religion but yearns for faith; and she respects tradition while breaking all the rules. The adult Magda describes her coming of age in the barrio, selling the corn-based drink tejuino in short shorts at age 14 and making more money than her father. Driven out of town three years later by the League of Decency--a cover for jealous wives--Magda becomes a go-go dancer in Tijuana, a rich rancher's wife in Monterrey, then marries a professor and lives in Idaho for a dozen years. Always, however, she is drawn back to Teatl n, even at the cost of being separated from her half-gringa daughter, Martina, for months at a time. Magda endures every form of abuse, and it is no surprise that the novel is dedicated to "all the whores in history." Magda may not be a winner in the tradition of unsinkable heroes, but she is not a loser, either. She is unafraid to use, learn and move on, and she is independent, determined not to succumb to the demands of her native country or her adopted one. Agent, Jean Naggar. (Mar.)Forecast: Gershten's appropriation of Mexican themes and language--Spanish colloquialisms pepper the text--may strike some readers as condescending, but this spirited novel, the first recipient of Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize for a work of socially or politically engaged fiction, will ultimately win over most skeptics. Author appearances in the Southwest, Denver and North Carolina and a 15-city NPR campaign should get sales off to a good start.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Recipient of the first Bellwether Prize, established by Barbara Kingsolver for socially or politically engaged fiction, this debut novel depicts the life of a young woman who has grown up poor in Mexico's extremely patriarchal culture. Through observation and experience, she has developed rules that she believes will insure her survival within this culture. Unfortunately, when she marries into a U.S. household, she finds that these rules no longer apply. Despite her acquired affluence, Magda is haunted by childhood hunger and poverty and unable to adapt to her new lifestyle. It is as if she were watching a foreign-language film without subtitles. Gershten writes powerfully, carefully choosing words that create atmosphere and portraying characters that are tangible and have depth. This deeply moving work should find a place in the fiction collections of both academic and public libraries.
-DRebecca Stuhr, Grinnell Coll. Libs., IA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 522 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 13, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000TDGGTW
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