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From The CriticsMujica, professor of Spanish at Georgetown University and two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, has here created an absorbing fictionalized account, drawn from twentieth-century Mexican history, of the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. The story is narrated by Frida's younger sister Cristina to her psychiatrist after Frida's death in 1954, at the age of forty-seven. A casualty of intense sibling rivalry, Cristina is emotionally overshadowed by her famous sister, and psychologically shattered by her harrowing death. Though a work of fiction, this book has a cast of characters that includes such historical figures as Leon Trotsky, Maria Felix, Dolores del Rio, Paulette Goddard and Frida's husband, the artist Diego Rivera. Some readers may question the liberties taken by Mujica in the name of historical fictionéfor example, in the book, Cristina is involved in an intimate relationship with her sister's husband. Most, however, will be compelled by this portrait of a powerful, talented, remarkably troubled woman.