Little Star of Bela Lua: A Novella and Stories
You are about to read stories keenly true to time and place, yet so universal in theme that they are timeless. Superstitious townspeople, greedy men, a young girl looking for fame and love, a conflicted priest, and a reluctant husband live out their follies in the dusty villages and teeming cities of northeastern Brazil, home of rising Brazilian-American writer Luana Montiero.
A guitar-strumming young girl triumphs over her male opponents in a competitive ancient version of a poetry slam, only to find herself ensnared in a romantic trap. A luminous fish appears in an impoverished desert village and proceeds to perform questionable miracles on its desperate citizens. A handsome, sexually conflicted priest hears voices after drinking the water in a mining town. A city doctor finds that rural traditions get him into trouble of his own making. And a young Brazilian girl enamored of American television discovers that the United States is more complex than Saturday morning cartoons.
Little Star of Bela Lua announces the debut of a whimsical, wise writer whose lyrical prose and playful inventiveness illuminate a profound understanding of the human heart.
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LITTLE STAR OF BELA LUA: A Novella and StoriesUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Seven tales from provincial Brazil make up Monteiro's quaint, sparkling debut.A strange, colorful fish discovered in an elderly wife's outhouse latrine in arid Jatobá turns out to be a miraculous ... Read full review
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