By Marcela Serrano,Margaret Sayers Peden

Josefa Ferrer, a well-known Chilean singer and celebrity, awakens one morning to learn within the Santiago newspaper that her ally, Violeta, has been enthusiastic about a brutal act of violence. beaten with remorse and plagued with guilt for now not having foreseen the tragedy, Josefa feels pressured to inform Violeta's lifestyles story--one marked by way of misplaced beliefs, disillusionment, and grief--which is finally Josefa's tale, too. throughout the interwoven lives of those ladies, Marcela Serrano explores how the calls for of a woman's function as mom, spouse, lover, and good friend are usually at odds together with her personal goals and aspirations, and the way simply the delicate bonds of friendship and relatives may be strained to the verge of collapse. For Josefa and Violeta, it's only in Antigua, less than the watchful eyes of "the others"--a refrain of lady ancestral spirits who testify to the women's defining moments of energy and courage--that Josefa and Violeta will detect that even within the aftermath of violence and betrayal they've got regulate over their destinies and their redemption.

Exquisitely crafted and written in attractive, lyrical prose, Marcela Serrano's unforgettable novel approximately friendship, forgiveness, and moment percentages speaks to each lady who has skilled the wrenching divide among expert ambition and kinfolk accountability, who has been torn among the thrill of illicit ardour and the safety of marriage, who has craved the fun of luck whereas longing for solitude in a frequently chaotic, invasive world.

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