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The Seamstress: A Novel - Frances de Pontes Peebles
The Seamstress: A Novel
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Emilia and Luzia dos Santos, orphaned when they are children, grow up under the protection of their aunt in the hillside village of Taquaritinga, Brazil. Raised as seamstresses, the sisters learn how to cut, how to mend and how to conceal. Emilia treasures pretty, girlish things and longs to... show more
Emilia and Luzia dos Santos, orphaned when they are children, grow up under the protection of their aunt in the hillside village of Taquaritinga, Brazil. Raised as seamstresses, the sisters learn how to cut, how to mend and how to conceal. Emilia treasures pretty, girlish things and longs to escape from the confines of the little town. Captivated by the romances she reads in magazines, she dreams of finding love in the bustle and glamour of the city. Luzia, scarred by a childhood accident that has left her with a deformed arm, knows that for her, real life can not be romantically embroidered, and so she finds solace in her sewing and in the secret prayers to the saints she believes once saved her life. But when Luzia is abducted by a gang of rebel bandits, the sisters' lives diverge in ways they never imagined. Whilst Luzia learns to survive in the unforgiving Brazilian outland, discovering love in the most unexpected of places, Emilia meets the son of a wealthy doctor who seems to offer her everything she has always desired. But for the innocent dreamer, the excitement of her escape to the city is soon overshadowed by disillusion and loneliness. As she learns how to navigate the treacherous waters of Brazilian high society, the bandits' campaign against the land-owning 'Colonels' intensifies, and when a price is placed upon Luzia's head Emilia realises she must risk everything in order to save her sister.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780060738877 (0060738871)
ASIN: 0060738871
Publisher: Harper
Pages no: 656
Edition language: English
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Merle
Merle rated it
I have a hard time writing five star reviews; it can be hard to avoid gushing and to say something that hasn't already been said. But this book deserves the effort, so here goes. As others have recounted, The Seamstress is about the lives of two Brazilian sisters in the early twentieth century. They...
The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it
5.0
Extraordinarily vivid. I feel as though I've been away in Brazil for the past week!No glowing prose, no melodrama, no big statements to make. Just the grand and beautiful telling of a story for its own sake. Emilia and Luzia are raised by their Aunt Sofia in rural northeastern Brazil in the 1920s...
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