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Bitter Grounds

Benitez, Sandra

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ISBN 10: 0786861576 / ISBN 13: 9780786861576
Published by Hyperion Books, New York, 1997
Condition: As New Hardcover
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1997, 1997 As New Book, As New Unclipped jacket in mylar cover, Stated First Edition, First Printing 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 445 clean tight unmarked pages, book appears to be unread, burgundy end pages, signed by the author on the title page " Paz.Sandra Benitez", burgundy boards with 1/4 burgundy cloth covered spine, gilt embossed lettering on the spine, jacket is green with a color illustrated front. Bookseller Inventory # 004960

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Title: Bitter Grounds

Publisher: Hyperion Books, New York

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The critically acclaimed author of A Place Where the Sea Remembers presents the saga of three generations of Salvadoran women whose lives are changed in unexpected ways by a letter that has lain unopened for twenty-six years. Tour."

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Bitter Grounds, Sandra Benitez's American Book Award-winning novel, chronicles the lives of three generations of women in war-torn El Salvador. After losing most of their family during the massacres of 1932, Mercedes Prietas and her daughter Jacinta go to work for Elena de Contreras and her family, who own enormous coffee and cotton plantations. During the next 40 years, the women of both families help each other endure the many hardships that come their way. Benitez manages to portray both the poor and the rich women in this book as complex, sympathetic characters. Like the heroines of Los dos, their favorite radio soap opera, the women in this novel suffer heartache, unrequited love, betrayal, and the loss of loved ones. One by one, all of Jacinta's family members are killed amid the country's political turmoil. Elena's heart breaks when she discovers her best friend in bed with her husband on the eve of their daughter's marriage. The Contreras family struggles to retain control of its land during the late 1970s government-mandated redistribution of wealth. Through it all, the women sustain each other, even after circumstances separate them: "Sometimes, late at night or, most often, very early in the morning, when Jacinta lay in her cot in the little room she shared with Rosalba, her mother stirred within her. This was not craziness, but a consolation. To feel her mother's flesh, her bulk, shored up along the banks of her own bones and flesh." Bitter Grounds is a thoughtful, vivid account of the lives of some very resilient women.

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