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Vividly capturing the troubled reality of war-torn Guatemala, this tale depicts a young psychology student who escapes to the United States. While abroad, and after learning of his brother's death at the hands of the military, he deals with his grief by establishing a center for victims of torture. Unable to adapt to a life abroad, he soon returns to Guatemala where he begins to offer therapy. One of his first patients is a military torturer desperate to emancipate himself ...

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Vividly capturing the troubled reality of war-torn Guatemala, this tale depicts a young psychology student who escapes to the United States. While abroad, and after learning of his brother's death at the hands of the military, he deals with his grief by establishing a center for victims of torture. Unable to adapt to a life abroad, he soon returns to Guatemala where he begins to offer therapy. One of his first patients is a military torturer desperate to emancipate himself from the guilt of his heinous crimes—one of which the psychologist soon learns is the murder of his brother. Embodying both sides of the terrifying 30-year conflict in Guatemala, this compelling thriller explores the confused, postwar condition of unfulfilled reconciliation forever on the verge of recrimination.

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Adult/High School- Dr. Ernesto Sandoval leaves a successful psychology practice in Minnesota to return to his native Guatemala, with the love of his life and their daughter, to help rebuild his beloved, war-torn country. Many of his patients have been tortured, raped, and imprisoned, so when a general who has perpetrated these atrocities comes for treatment, Ernesto is challenged both professionally and personally. This is a fascinating look at the intricacies of that treatment and how Dr. Sandoval resolves the complicated issues both for himself and for his patient. The book is a concise work of well-crafted poetic prose. The narrative, sometimes thoughts, other times dialogue, alternates between characters, initially leaving readers unclear as to who is speaking. There is a peppering of Spanish phrases which adds spice to the story, but they are not always translated or explained contextually. Because much of the text is the thoughts of the characters, readers see exactly where the characters are and where they are going. This novel will appeal to young adults as a view of people who have had to live through the horrors of war, especially those students who have first- or secondhand knowledge of such a life.-Ellen Bell, Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780955233920
  • Publisher: Aflame Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Flores is the author of several books and collections of essays and short stories in his native Spanish.

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