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La couturière (edition 2010)

by Frances de Pontes Peebles, Martine Leroy-Battistelli (Traduction)

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Title:La couturière
Authors:Frances de Pontes Peebles
Other authors:Martine Leroy-Battistelli (Traduction)
Info:Points (2010), Poche, 855 pages
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The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles

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This was my favorite bikini I have read in quite a while and it is really good literature. I have been to Brazil several time, even to Recife. But I learned so much about Brazilian political history that I knew nothing of , of the back country ,etc. It wove so many themes together in a complex artful way. hope to see more from this author.
  Mgo | Jun 8, 2014 |
So I read an ARC, and I have to tell you, August may be too long to wait. This book was really, really wonderful. It's one of the ones I just can't get enough of, where there are two narratives, two different perspectives. In my opinion, sloppiness is often directly proportional to the length of the book, but even though this book is very much on the long side, nothing is lost or even diluted. I do love a well-crafted novel, and I highly recommend this one. ( )
  cat-ballou | Jan 22, 2014 |
So I read an ARC, and I have to tell you, August may be too long to wait. This book was really, really wonderful. It's one of the ones I just can't get enough of, where there are two narratives, two different perspectives. In my opinion, sloppiness is often directly proportional to the length of the book, but even though this book is very much on the long side, nothing is lost or even diluted. I do love a well-crafted novel, and I highly recommend this one. ( )
  cat-ballou | Jan 22, 2014 |
This book reminds me of all that is good about fine literature. It transports you to a new time and place. It interests you and leaves you satisfied yet wistful. Cheers, Frances De Pontes Peebles! ( )
  twryan72 | Apr 23, 2013 |
So I read an ARC, and I have to tell you, August may be too long to wait. This book was really, really wonderful. It's one of the ones I just can't get enough of, where there are two narratives, two different perspectives. In my opinion, sloppiness is often directly proportional to the length of the book, but even though this book is very much on the long side, nothing is lost or even diluted. I do love a well-crafted novel, and I highly recommend this one. ( )
  cat-ballou | Apr 2, 2013 |
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...rising toward a saint

still honored in these parts,

the paper chambers flush and fill with light

that comes and goes, like hearts...

receding, dwindling, solemnly

and steadily forsaking us,

or, in the downdraft from a peak,

suddenly turning dangerous...

- Elizabeth Bishop, "The Armadillo"
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to the women - living and dead - of my family, all of them ladies and guerreiras

And to James, who always believed
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Emíla awoke alone.
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The lives of two young sisters, Emilia and Luzia dos Santos, seamstresses in early nineteenth-century Brazil, diverge sharply after Luzia is kidnapped by an outlaw band of cangaceiros led by the infamous Hawk, and Emilia marries into a wealthy, politically connected family, and while Luzia becomes notorious for throwing her lot in with her captors, and Emilia learns to navigate high society, they remain loyal to the point of risking their lives for each other.
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Emilia and Luzia dos Santos, orphaned when they are children, grow up under the protection of their aunt in the hillside village of Taquaritinga, Brazil. Raised as seamstresses, the sisters learn how to cut, how to mend and how to conceal. Emilia treasures pretty, girlish things and longs to escape from the confines of the little town. Captivated by the romances she reads in magazines, she dreams of finding love in the bustle and glamour of the city. Luzia, scarred by a childhood accident that has left her with a deformed arm, knows that for her, real life can not be romantically embroidered, and so she finds solace in her sewing and in the secret prayers to the saints she believes once saved her life. But when Luzia is abducted by a gang of rebel bandits, the sisters' lives diverge in ways they never imagined. Whilst Luzia learns to survive in the unforgiving Brazilian outland, discovering love in the most unexpected of places, Emilia meets the son of a wealthy doctor who seems to offer her everything she has always desired. But for the innocent dreamer, the excitement of her escape to the city is soon overshadowed by disillusion and loneliness. As she learns how to navigate the treacherous waters of Brazilian high society, the bandits' campaign against the land-owning 'Colonels' intensifies, and when a price is placed upon Luzia's head Emilia realises she must risk everything in order to save her sister.

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In 1930's Brazil, a vigilante gang invades the home of two seamstresses, kidnapping one of them.

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