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Spirits of the Ordinary: A Tale of Casas Grandes
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0156005689, Paperback)Kathleen Alcalá's first novel, Spirits of the Ordinary, opens in 1870s Mexico where Zacarias Caraval abandons his family and the religion of his fathers--Judaism--to search for gold in the desert. His wife, Estela, responds by declaring herself independent and taking a lover--an action frowned upon in the small village of Saltillo. Zacarias's wanderings take him into the mountains of Northern Mexico and to the cliff dwellings of Casas Grandes, where he witnesses a massacre--an event that will have a profound affect on him and will eventually send him back to the faith he has abandoned. Spirits of the Ordinary is the first book of a projected trilogy and judging by the quality of Ms. Alcalá's work so far, the next two volumes will be eagerly awaited.
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A novel of 1870s Mexico, featuring a mixed-faith family. It is headed by Zacarias Carabajal, a Jewish gold prospector who converts to Catholicism to marry a rich woman, while his parents continue practicing their faith in secret. He is accused of stirring Indians to revolt and while the army is hunting for him, his wife has an affair with an army officer. A first novel.
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