Amor Eterno: Eleven Lessons in Love

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University of Arizona Press, Jan 1, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 105 pages
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It brings a mother to her knees to plead for her son's safe return from war. It draws a grown woman back to the site of cherished childhood memories. It keeps the passion and romance of youth alive in an older woman's heart. It brings together heiresses and busboys, lawyers and chambermaids. Only love, the magical elixir that transcends boundaries and relieves heartaches, can do these things. Through earthy, charming stories that blend songs, letters, and prayers, Patricia Preciado Martin explores the hidden places of the soul and the human longing for Amor Eterno, eternal love. Forbidden love, enchanted love, and desperate love are just some of the varieties of love that get mixed into this sweet concoction of romance, wit, and instruction. A delicious combination of modern sensibility and folk wisdom--including recipes for fresh breath and special prayers to Saint Valentine--this book tells universal tales of devotion and desire. Seeking love in many forms, Martin's characters relive unforgettable experiences, pursue elusive destinies, give themselves with abandon, and yearn for home. Love is the mysterious and miraculous emotion that leads them to deny or indulge their deepest needs. Amor Eterno is a passionate and humorous collection of stories that will inspire us to treasure and share the loves we have known.

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This charming collection reads less like short stories about the myriad types of love and more like simple recollections/slices of life. Yet imbedded are bits of advice, wisdom, admonishment, humor ... Read full review

Amor eterno: eleven lessons in love

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How do I love thee? Let Martin count the ways. Just as she did in El Milagro and Other Stories, oral historian Martin draws on the oral literature of the Arizona Mexican American community to tell 11 ... Read full review

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Patricia Preciado Martin, a native Arizonan, has been active in Tucson's Mexican American community for many years and was the Arizona Library Association's Author of the Year in 1997

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