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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
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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For the readers of Laura Esquivel and Isabelle Allende, this memoir of a girlhood in Peru is seen from the very different vantage point of an adulthood in the United States. Gabriella De Ferrari, the author of the acclaimed novel A Cloud on Sand, grew up in Peru the daughter of gringos, or foreigners: her parents had come from Italy as newlyweds to set down roots in an exotic and alluring country far from home. Gringa Latina is the account of De Ferrari's privileged upbringing in the small desert town of Tacna, surrounded by the silent Andes. She recalls the wonders of her mother's inventive cuisine, an inspired melding of Italian and Peruvian ingredients; her friendship with her neighbor Se-orita Luisa, doomed to be an old maid because her betrothed left her for someone else; her ties to Saturnina, the Indian maid who taught her about curses and miracles; and her admiration for her father, the trusted sage of their town. Eventually De Ferrari attended college in the United States, whe

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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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