Consider This, Senora

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The long-awaited and highly praised second novel by the author of Stones for Ibarra. The American characters here find themselves waiting, hoping, and living in rural Mexico-a land with the power to enchant, repulse, captivate, and change all who pass through it. Named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly and a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times.

American Book Award-winner (Stones for Ibarra) Doerr examines the...

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Overview

The long-awaited and highly praised second novel by the author of Stones for Ibarra. The American characters here find themselves waiting, hoping, and living in rural Mexico-a land with the power to enchant, repulse, captivate, and change all who pass through it. Named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly and a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times.

American Book Award-winner (Stones for Ibarra) Doerr examines the lives of a group of American expatriates recently settled in Mexico. With an unfailingly true ear, eye, and voice, Doerr captures the most complex and moving details of Americans in a foreign land.

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Editorial Reviews

Brahm Eiley
Doerr's graceful style communicates what can only be described as wisdom. The heart of this novel lies in the contrast between the settling and unsettling relations of men and women, Mexican and American.
—(Brahm Eiley The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Peter Filkins
Compelling and vivid…the languor of Doerr's prose is an illumination in itself, one to be experienced rather than simply read.
USA Today
Dan Cryer
Splendid…Doerr writes meticulously crafted sentences of equal parts clarity and beauty.
New York Newsday
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156000024
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Series: Harvest American Writing Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 302,549
  • Lexile: 1070L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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  • Posted October 16, 2013

    An American who can write like a Latina!

    A girlfriend of mine recommended this book to me and while I am not gay (not that there is anything wrong with that) I wish I could kiss her hard on the lips! In the tradition of everything that is wonderful about Latin writers (Marquez, Cisneros, Villasenor and Urea to name just a few of my favorite) each carefully constructed sentence just melts in your mouth. Sometimes I just had to read sentences two and three times just to try to remember them. I find that reviews that tell you the story are tedious so I will stop here. Except to conclude that I wish the writing Gods had given me the gift lent to Ms. Doerr. Salud!

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  • Posted December 30, 2012

    Consider This, Señora, Harriet Doerr A compact novel that manage

    Consider This, Señora, Harriet Doerr
    A compact novel that manages superbly to weave the stories of three American women and one man into the fabric of life in a tiny Mexican village, this is the second novel written by a woman who was a literary phenomenon. Her first book, Stones for Ibarra, published when she was 74, won a National Book Award. Consider This continues an intimate survey of the country while neither patronizing nor glorifying Americans or Mexicans, instead allowing their strengths, weaknesses and relationships to flow as naturally as the landscape around them. In succinct prose as illuminating and delicate as pen and ink drawings, the book remains a desirable addition for the well rounded reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2001

    Beautiful writing makes this book worth reading

    This story is not as exquisitely constructed as Doerr's 'Stones for Ibarra.' However, she does a wonderful job describing rural Mexican culture from an American outsider's point of view. The language she uses is clear and concise, and at the same time full of beautiful descriptions that reflect Doerr's understanding of her characters and of the human experience in general.

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