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Tales from the Town of Widows By James Canon

Tales from the Town of Widows
by James Canon

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From a new literary star comes a beautifully crafted story about a group of women in a Colombian village who find their lives changed while their husbands and sons are away fighting a deadly civil war.
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Tales from the Town of Widows Summary


Tales from the Town of Widows: And Chronicles Fom the Land of Men by James Canon

From a new literary star comes a beautifully crafted story about a group of women in a Colombian village who find their lives changed while their husbands and sons are away fighting a deadly civil war. The women of Mariquita -- made widows when their men are swept away by the army or rebel forces -- learn hard lessons about love and survival. Forced to grow in extraordinary ways, they challenge the tenets of male-dominated society, discover power with all its pitfalls and strive to create an entirely new social order, an all-female utopia. Their narrative is punctuated by short vignettes of the individual travails of the men and boys -- left-wing guerrillas, right-wing paramilitaries, national army officers and civilians -- caught amidst these hellish forces. For the first 18 years of his life, the author, James Canon, lived in his native Colombia and this pitch-perfect book -- darkly comedic, its characters brilliantly etched -- is a mighty achievement, an entirely fresh, startling perspective to Colombia's catastrophe where the longest and bloodiest civil war in this hemisphere has raged for 40 years.

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Tales from the Town of Widows Reviews


'A beautifully crafted book!The stories are told with a Marquez-like sense of the surreal but reveal a ghastly quality.' Metro

About James Canon


James Canon received his MFA from Columbia University in May 2004. Recipient of the 2001 Henfield Prize for fiction and finalist in the 2002 International Rolex Award, James has been awarded fellowships from Columbia, MacDowell, Yaddo, Ucross, Millay and the Blue Mountain Center.

Additional information

GOR001404383
Tales from the Town of Widows: And Chronicles Fom the Land of Men by James Canon
James Canon
Used - Very Good
Paperback
HarperCollins Publishers
2007-05-01
352
0007241097
9780007241095
N/A
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This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.