The Dark Bride: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Sep 2, 2003 - Fiction - 368 pages
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Once a month, the refinery workers of the Tropical Oil Company descend upon Tora, a city in the Colombian forest. They journey down from the mountains searching for earthly bliss and hoping to encounter Sayonara, the legendary Indian prostitute who rules their squalid paradise like a queen. Beautiful, exotic, and mysterious, Sayonara, the undisputed barrio angel, captivates whoever crosses her path. Then, one day, she violates the unwritten rules of her profession and falls in love with a man she can never have. Sayonara's unrequited passion has tragic consequences not only for her, but for all those whose lives ultimately depend on the Tropical Oil Company.

A slyly humorous yet poignant love story, The Dark Bride lovingly recreates the lusty, heartrending world of Colombian prostitutes and the men of the oil fields who are entranced by them. Full of wit and intelligence, tragedy and compassion, The Dark Bride is luminous and unforgettable.


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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Colombian Restrepo (Leopard in the Sun, 1999, etc.) offers a romantic concoction about a community of prostitutes (putas) servicing workers from the oil fields.A nameless 12-year-old girl arrives in ... Read full review

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Restrepo (Leopard in the Sun) elegantly tells the story of a young girl looking for work as a prostitute in the oil-producing city of Tora, Colombia. Shortly after her arrival, she is renamed Sayonara ... Read full review

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Laura Restrepo is the bestselling author of six novels, including The Dark Bride, A Tale of the Dispossessed, and Delirio, which received Spain's prestigious Alfaguara Prize. She lives in Colombia.


Laura Restrepo fue profesora de literatura en la Universidad de Colombia, editora polÍtica en la revista Semana y miembro de la ComisiÓn Nacional para la Paz. Ha escrito destacadas novelas tales como Leopardo al sol; Dulce CompaÑÍa, que obtuvo el premio Sor Juana InÉs de la Cruz en MÉxico y el premio France Culture en Francia; y Delirio, que obtuvo el premio Alfaguara. Actualmente vive en BogotÁ, Colombia.

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