Kissing the Virgin's Mouth

Kissing the Virgin's Mouth

A Novel

eBook - 2007
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Guadalupe Magdalena Molina Vásquez -- wife, scoundrel, courtesan, mother -- is full of contradictions: she believes in love but is suspicious of men; she rejects religion but admires the Virgin Mary; she respects tradition while breaking all the rules. Here, in the Golden Zone of Teatán, Mexico, Magda tells her extraordinary life story -- from a poor Mexican barrio to American affluence, from wide-eyed childhood to worldly courtesan life, from full-blooded youth to oncoming blindness -- and bewitchingly imparts the hard-earned wisdom she has gained through the years.
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York : HarperCollins e-books, 2007
ISBN: 9780061461941
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Nov 17, 2016

My criticisms are: the writer is American, but presumes to create a first person Mexican character (that I didn´t find believable); the writer is a woman, and the book is populated by female characters, but this isn´t a feminist story; and the writing is just plain mediocre.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 23, 2014

Winner of Barbara Kingsolver's new Bellwether Fiction Prize, this beautifully lyrical novel and its irresistible and morally complex heroine embody the harsh beauty and cruel truth of the life endured by the poor women of the barrios of Mexico.

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