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The Good Works of Ayela Linde: A Novel in Stories

by Charlotte Forbes

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Follow the life of Ayela Linde from teenager to elderly woman through a series of short stories told from the viewpoint of members of her family and community, finally culminating in one where we hear from Ayela herself. The author successfully creates a sense of place in Ayela's town, where she is both an insider and outsider at the same time. Recommended. ( )
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"The linked stories that make up this work follow the life of the title character, the illegitimate daughter of a Mexican dressmaker, born during the Great Depression in the border town of Santa Rosalia. Raised by her mother and superstitious grandmother (thought to be a witch by the townsfolk), Ayela is breathtakingly striking, aloof, fearful, flamboyant, and headstrong, and her stories are told by those who know her, or think they do: a girlhood friend, her housekeeper, the pork butcher, members of the altar guild, a travel agent, her granddaughter, a daughter-in-law, and others." "The stories begin when Ayela is seventeen and move through her marriage to an idealistic Bostonian, held captive in town by her beauty and her need. They continue to her last and most dubious "good work" at the moment of her death - and to her legacy."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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