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First Confession

Fontes, Montserrat

Published by Norton, 1991
ISBN 10: 0393028917 / ISBN 13: 9780393028911
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Title: First Confession

Publisher: Norton

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.


New York. 1991. Norton. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 1st Novel. 310 pages. January 1991. hardcover. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Inscribed by The Author. 0393028917. keywords: Literature Latino Women Ethnic. inventory # 32528. FROM THE PUBLISHER - What happens when two bored, wealthy nine-year-olds take up spying and steal the town hooker’s life savings? This darkly written novel, with the feel of a Mexican TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, is set in 1947 in a small town south of the Texas border. There, two young cousins tear away the shoddy veneer of their town’s respectable surface and are almost dragged under by the passions and desperation of its inhabitants. Andrea is the overly curious narrator, a rebellious child of an artistic American mother and an adoring, volatile, Mexican father. She and her cousin Victor, a devout, nervous child, act out their children’s drama without realizing the repercussions it will have, not only on them but on the whole town. They begin to learn fear after taking a forbidden trip to the other side of the river a site of makeshift camps, utmost poverty, and brewing anger But their disobedience and thieving is the least of their sins, for in the wake of their actions follows violence, murder, public humiliation, and suicide. In this fast-paced, elegantly written first novel, Fontes has melded the traditions of the finest Latin writers with the unnerving style of the American southern writers. MONTSERRAT FONTES has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities for study on Faulkner, O’Connor, and McCullers. Her roots in Mexican culture are deep. Her maternal grandfather, a presidential candidate there, was executed in 1927, while her paternal grandfather was with President Venustiano Carranza when Carranza was murdered. Her grandmother’s ranch in Sonora was burned by Pancho Villa no less than three times. Fontes grew up in a border town in Texas and now lives near Los Angeles where she teaches high school. Bookseller Inventory # 32528

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Mexican-American writer Fontes tells a startling tale of the clashes between men and women, rich and poor, Mexican and American in this dark story of life just south of the Texas border.

Two spoiled children, the willful Andrea and her cousin Victor, take up spying and stealing when they discover where the town hooker hides her money. Their theft tragically unleashes a series of events, among them murder and suicide.

Product Description: Two wealthy nine-year-olds living in a Mexican village in 1947 steal the town hooker's life savings and flee to an impoverished section, where they are set upon and abused by the desperate children who live there.

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