Tales of the Town of Widows


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Tales From the Town of Widows

* Prix du Premier Meilleur Roman Étranger, 2008
* Prix des Lecteurs de Vincennes, 2008
* Prix des Lecteurs du Télégramme, Finalist, 2009
* Edmund White Fiction Award, Finalist, 2008
* Lambda Best Début Fiction Award, Finalist, 2008
* One Brown Book, One Nation Program, Finalist, 2008
* Best Adult Book of the Year, School Library Journal, 2008
* Top Pick for Reading Groups, Kirkus Reviews, 2007

Praised internationally as “An important contribution to American literature,” this brilliant novel tells the story of Mariquita, a mountain village that’s forever altered the day a band of communist guerrillas forcibly recruits all but three of its men.

Left to fend for themselves with an ethically challenged priest, a transvestite and a withdrawn gay man, the virtual widows slowly emerge from their supporting roles as wives and daughters to become unwitting founders of a remarkable new society: an all-female utopia far greater than any revolutionary’s imagined ideal society.

And when some of the men come home after their 16-year absence and try to reclaim their power, things get really interesting . . .

Deft, rich and darkly humorous, Tales From the Town of Widows & Chronicles From the Land of Men marks the arrival of an unforgettable new literary talent.

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