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The Shrine at Altamira
     

The Shrine at Altamira

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by John L'Heureux
 

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Now available in a Grove paperback edition, The Shrine at Altamira by John L'Heureux has the simple shape and powerful impact of Greek tragedy. When Maria Corazon Alvarez meets Russell Whitaker at a school dance, she sees his blue eyes and solid American name as a ticket out of the ghetto into a better life. They dance, they touch, they tumble into a love so strong

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Now available in a Grove paperback edition, The Shrine at Altamira by John L'Heureux has the simple shape and powerful impact of Greek tragedy. When Maria Corazon Alvarez meets Russell Whitaker at a school dance, she sees his blue eyes and solid American name as a ticket out of the ghetto into a better life. They dance, they touch, they tumble into a love so strong and elemental it should last forever. But gradually the balance shifts; he loves her more, she loves him less. When their son is born, Maria gives him all her love and Russell is pushed aside. Wild, obsessed, Russell runs mad and his desperate love becomes a fire that consumes them all.

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Library Journal
Russell Whitaker, a college dropout who lives with his alcoholic father, and Maria Alvarez, a high-school senior who lives with her embarrassingly ethnic mother, meet at a dance and fall in love. When they decide to marry, both are motivated by the same secret agenda: escaping their parents' influence. After the birth of his son, Russell realizes that Maria loves the baby more than she loves him. Soon he is drinking the way his father did and plotting ways to get even. L'Heureux, author of A Woman Run Mad (Viking, 1988), has been criticized in the past for sensationalism and emotional excess. In The Shrine at Altamira , loosely based on a nationally publicized case of child abuse, he manages to turn a horror story of almost tabloid proportions into a tightly structured fable of free will and determinism. Recommended.-- Edward B. St. John, Loyola Law Sch. Lib., Los Angeles

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555846824
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
2 MB

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Stanford, California
Date of Birth:
October 26, 1934
Place of Birth:
South Hadley, Massachusetts
Education:
Graduate degrees in philosophy and English from Boston College and Harvard University

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The Shrine at Altamira 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book rips you apart.  To date one of the best I've read, but it's not easy to prevent yourself from throwing it at the wall at times.  It's all so damn feasible....