The News from Paraguayby Lily Tuck
The year is l854. In Paris, Francisco Solano the future dictator of Paraguay begins his courtship of the young, beautiful Irish courtesan Ella Lynch with a poncho, a Paraguayan band, and ahorse named Mathilde. Ella follows Franco to Asunción and reigns there as his mistress. Isolated and estranged in this new world, she embraces her lover's
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This book was a pleasure to read. If you enjoy reading historical novels, based on actual events, I highly recommend it.