Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone

Mary Morris, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $18.95 (250p) ISBN 978-0-395-44637-9
Author of short stories and the novel Crossroads, Morris here writes a memoir of her solitary travels through Latin America. Covering the peregrinations of approximately 18 months, she first describes arriving in a fugue-like state at the tiny Mexican village of San Miguel where she was befriended by the extremely poor Lupe and her children. The story continues with Morris's disclosures of sexual affairs, a particularly absorbing account of her stay in Nicaragua, recollections of brief companionships with people she met. The writing is lyrical but often histrionically self-absorbed and so personal that the reader feels voyeuristic. The most memorable part of the book focuses on Lupe, who endures life's meanest blows and remains hopeful. (March)
Reviewed on: 03/01/1988
Release date: 03/01/1988
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