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She Devil Press, 2006 - Fiction - 181 pages
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A monkey, escaping the destruction of its native rain forest, runs into Veronica Segall's living room as she crushes her hand in the kitchen door a la Saint Veronica. A hat, a social climber manufactured in Peru but with pretenses to Paris, watches disapprovingly from his box. A gun, lying in a drawer unoiled and long forgotten, snaps to attention. And a man, an Englishman, one Henry Baxter, engineer, bridge-builder, and melancholic composer of unsent postcards, discovers Veronica and her voice in a coffee shop as he chews an elephant ear pastry.
As the story unfolds, monkeys mourn, hats remember, guns regret, and Veronica's voice invades Henry's ears. The voice - perhaps the voice of loss, perhaps the voice of God - itself becomes a character, mourning and desiring every bit as much as the characters it possesses.
V is based on a story legendary in the author's family about their mysterious Brazilian relatives and their lives in a postwar Sao Paulo Jewish community. Like most family myths, the story changes every time it is told.

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Jennifer Natalya Fink is the spawn of a yeast geneticist and modern dancer. Her family's roots are in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she is distantly related to the Brazilian Picasso, Lasar Segall, and in the Pale of Settlement, where she is intimately related

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