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Dancing with Butterflies uses the alternating voices of four very different women whose lives interconnect through a common passion for their Mexican heritage and a dance company called Alegría. Yesenia, who founded Alegría with her husband, Eduardo, sabotages her own efforts to remain a vital, vibrant woman when she travels back and forth across the Mexican border for cheap plastic surgery. Elena, grief stricken by the death of her only child and the end of her marriage, finds herself falling dangerously in love with one of her underage students. Elena's sister, Adriana, wears the wounds of abandonment by a dys-functional family and becomes unable to discern love from abuse. Soledad, the sweet-tempered illegal immigrant who designs costumes for Alegría, finds herself stuck back in Mexico, where she returns to see her dying grandmother.
Reyna Grande has brought these fictional characters so convincingly to life that readers will imagine they know them.
|Publisher:||Washington Square Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 8.28(h) x 1.08(d)|
About the Author
Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. She has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the Latino Book Award. Her second novel, Dancing with Butterflies, received critical acclaim. In 2012, she was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Awards for her memoir The Distance Between Us. Her works have been published internationally in countries such as Norway and South Korea.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I LOVED THIS STORY, EVERY MEXICAN LITTLE GIRLS DREAM IS TO DANCE IN A FOLKLORICO GROUP, AFTER READING THIS BEAUTIFUL BOOK ITS STILL MY DREAM! THE CHARACTERS ARE SO TRUE TO EVERYDAY LIFE, I BOUGHT REYNA GRANDE'S 2ND BOOK BEFORE I EVEN FINSHED THIS ONE.