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Gringa Latina: a Woman of Two Worlds

De Ferrari, Gabriella

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ISBN 10: 0395709342 / ISBN 13: 9780395709344
Published by Houghton mifflin, Boston, 1995
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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"Being a gringa Latina myself,I am grateful to De Ferrari for so engagingly giving voice to both the condition and the way of my life. I was deftly led through familiar terrain: the comforting scents and textures, the beckoning call of those we leave behind, their haunting stories, the musicality of two languages attempting to converge. De Ferrari confirms what I've always known about us who feel split traveling our worlds: it is memory and imagination that anchors and makes us whole."--Sandra Benitez, author of A Place Where the Sea Remembers. Inscribed and signed by the author May 1996. Size: 5 1/4" x 8 1/4" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 004476

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Title: Gringa Latina: a Woman of Two Worlds

Publisher: Houghton mifflin, Boston

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hard

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Printing.

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In a memoir reminiscent of Like Water for Chocolate, the author of A Cloud on Sand describes growing up in Peru in an Italian immigrant family, her Catholic education, her closeness to the women in her family, and her adulthood in America.

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Clear blue skies, desert sands, spicy food, and an atmosphere of colonialism permeate this memoir. De Ferrari is a sensual writer, transporting the reader into the past on a visit to her Peruvian childhood. (Even recipes are found here.) Though scenes from her later life are included, the childhood years remain the focus. De Ferrari's parents were Italian immigrants to Peru but not your huddled masses. Her father was an affluent businessman, and her mother was the convent-raised daughter of a once-wealthy family. So Gabriella was raised in a house of plenty in the midst of poverty. This book is apparently intended to convey the feelings of disconnection experienced by an outsider in her homeland and another kind of outsider in her adopted homeland (the United States), but its strengths lie mainly in the evocation of distant places and societal mores, the descriptions of the mother who created an oasis of Italian beauty in the Peruvian desert, and the character studies of the people who molded De Ferrari's sensibilities. Recommended for leisure-reading collections.?Denise Johnson, Bradley Univ. Lib., Peoria, Ill.
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