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Gringa in a Strange Land

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Gringa in a Strange Land brings back the counterculture of the early 70's, an exhilarating and confusing time for so many young people then. Erica Mason, an American woman living in Mexico, is torn between working to become an artist and the lure of the drug culture. Set mostly in the colonial city of Merida in the Yucatan peninsula, the story then moves among Mayan ruins, laid-back beaches and the cities of Belize and Oaxaca. A host of bohemian expats and Mexicans, and the complex character of Mexico itself, ...
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Overview

Gringa in a Strange Land brings back the counterculture of the early 70's, an exhilarating and confusing time for so many young people then. Erica Mason, an American woman living in Mexico, is torn between working to become an artist and the lure of the drug culture. Set mostly in the colonial city of Merida in the Yucatan peninsula, the story then moves among Mayan ruins, laid-back beaches and the cities of Belize and Oaxaca. A host of bohemian expats and Mexicans, and the complex character of Mexico itself, infuse this portrait-of-the-artist-as-a-young-American, that culminates in an unexpected resolution.
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Editorial Reviews

Pamela Barrett
Dark Exotic Adventure
This novel grabbed me & drug me back in time to Mexico in the 1970's a time I knew well-the scruffy side of an exotic adventure. Come hang out with 23 year old artist Erica Mason as she tries to "paint sense" out of ancient cultures, empty affairs & a cast of characters that would make Fellini proud. There is her ever present addiction to Quaaludes & booze coloring her relationships & memories with long dark shadows even as fames bright light focuses on her canvases.
Mitchell Shannon
Your moody feminist existentialist stoner hero
Dahl’s fine new novel provides an unblinking look at a recent university graduate out to see the world in the early 1970s, and a reader is likely to be swept up in the book’s profound depth of feeling.
Dahl skillfully avoids predictive outcomes, which is part of what makes this a worthy and commendable novel.
Rayna Deatren
The moment I looked at the cover of Gringa in a Strange Land I wanted to travel to this location. I want to walk by this building, I want to meet the people who live inside and experience all the people and places that I imagine surround this humble abode with it's weathered paint and bared window.
Linda Dahl does a wonderful job of taking you there, to a little town in Mexico, Merida. Where time lingers allowing for art, love and a lazy day-to-day living. She also crafts the perfect charact
E Cronin
Gring in a Strange Land a compelling tale of coming of age:
I found all of the characters compelling and interesting. The story is so emblematic of so many young people in the '60's and '70's who leave the US seeking something—fame, glory, art, isolation, escape. Despite Erica's myriad of personal shortcomings, I found myself rooting for her, fearing for her, and wanting to know more.
Audrey Lee
Coming of Age in Mexico: A Young Artist's story
Her heroine Erica Mason has come to Mexico to travel and to try her wings as an artist.
Once in Mexico, the easy availability of cheap drugs begins to push Erica's desire to paint to one side. Trying to manage her buzz becomes an almost full-time occupation along with obsessing over the self-centered sexually attractive men who frustratingly float into and out of her life.
...an exquisitely written novel that would appeal to readers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934759394
  • Publisher: Reed, Robert D. Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/8/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Dahl has written extensively about Latin America, jazz, New Orleans and other topics that interest her over a thirty year career as a published author. She has lived in Ecuador, Brazil, Mexico, and New York and currently lives in an old farmhouse with lots of flowers and pets. A widow, she has a daughter and a stepson.
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