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Cuatro hermanas
     

Cuatro hermanas

by Jetta Carleton
 

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In the early 1950s, Matthew Soames and his wife Callie are enjoying the end of the summer on their farm in the outskirts of Renfro, Missouri. It was on this very farm that they raised their four daughters: Jessica, the oldest; Leonie, the responsible one; Mathy, the indomitable one who abandoned her studies to marry a stunt pilot; and little Mary Jo, who left

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In the early 1950s, Matthew Soames and his wife Callie are enjoying the end of the summer on their farm in the outskirts of Renfro, Missouri. It was on this very farm that they raised their four daughters: Jessica, the oldest; Leonie, the responsible one; Mathy, the indomitable one who abandoned her studies to marry a stunt pilot; and little Mary Jo, who left the farm when she was really young to work in television in New York. Just like every other year, three of the daughters visit their parents for a few weeks. The end of their visit elicits memories of both the good times and the bad that marked the passing of time and that seem to have dominated the lives of the four sisters. However, more significant than anything that transpired is the profound love that has kept them tied to each other all these years.

A principios de los años cincuenta, Matthew Soames y su esposa Callie disfrutan del final del verano en su granja en las afueras de Renfro, Missouri. Fue en esa misma granja donde criaron a sus cuatro hijas: Jessica, la mayor; Leonie, la más responsable; Mathy, la indómita, quien dejó sus estudios para casarse con un piloto acrobático; y la pequeña Mary Jo, quien abandonó la granja muy joven para trabajar en la televisión en Nueva York. Al igual que todos los años, tres de las hijas acuden a visitar a sus padres durante unas semanas. El final de su estadía hace aflorar los recuerdos: alegrías, decepciones, amores y desengaños que marcaron el paso del tiempo y que parecen haber dominado la vida de las cuatro hermanas. Sin embargo, más allá de lo ocurrido late el profundo amor que los ha mantenido unidos durante todos esos años.

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"The transparency of Cuatro hermanas, far from pedestrian sociology and familial teratology, turns Carleton's writing into a gift."  —Ricardo Menéndez Salmón, author, La ofensa

"It's hard to say which is more surprising: that Jetta Carleton's The Moonflower Vine is her first novel, that it's her only published novel—or that it's essentially been forgotten. . . . Among the great pleasures of the novel . . . is the writing, which captures both the beauty of the natural world and the complexities of human emotion."  —Washinton Post, on the English-language edition

"[A] wonderful novel. . . . Carlton neither romanticizes, nor ridicules, rural Missouri life, and she carefully draws a family full of contradictory passions and desires."  —Chicago Tribune, on the English-language edition

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788492663040
Publisher:
Libros del Asteroide
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Edition description:
Spanish-language edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Jetta Carleton was an author, editor, professor, and publicist who cofounded the publishing house The Lightning Tree.

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