The Invisible Mountain

Carolina De Robertis, Author, Carolina De Robertis, Author . Knopf $24.95 (384p) ISBN 978-0-307-27163-1

The history of Uruguay through the 20th century sparks personal tragedies amid political intrigues and cultural upheavals in this enchanting, funny and heartbreaking debut novel. Three generations of women populate this sweeping saga: Pajarita, the miracle child who at the dawn of the new century disappears and then reappears in a tree, born twice, as the residents of her small town say; Eva, Pajarita's daughter, who suffers a cruel childhood and learns to spin her painful experiences into a new life of art and adventure as a poet; and Salomé, seduced by communism and nearly losing everything fighting for the cause she believes will save her country. This novel is beautifully written yet deliberate in its storytelling. It gains momentum as the women's lives spin increasingly out of control while Uruguay sinks into war, economic instability and revolution. An extraordinary first effort whose epic scope and deft handling reverberate with the deep pull of ancestry, the powerful influence of one's country and the sacrifices of reinvention. (Aug.)

Reviewed on: 06/29/2009
Release date: 08/01/2009
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 364 pages - 978-0-385-66772-2
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Paperback - 430 pages - 978-0-307-45661-8
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