The Tormenting Beauty of Empathy

The Tormenting Beauty of Empathy

Paperback(First Softcover ed.)

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When a mute peasant woman flees Civil War-torn Guatemala for the United States, she and her daughter soon-and forever-change the world as we know it.

"...a beautiful, touching, and redeeming tale that I can highly recommend to everyone. When as a reader you feel better inside for having read a book, you know the author has achieved his or her goal. This is such a book." ~ Readers' Favorite Book Reviews, Grant Leishman (5 STARS)

Hana, a young Guatemalan woman who fell mute from a childhood tragedy, flees the brutal Civil War ravaging her country in search of a better life in the United States. Soon after arriving, she discovers she's pregnant, and is banished from her new home and sent to live in a Mayan community in Indiantown, Florida.

There, she settles into a peaceful life of embroidery and raising her child, a daughter who turns out to be... different... and special-the kind of special that soon draws worldwide attention, for the better and worse.

"...the story moves with basic grace... told with heartfelt belief, but also with an unswerving directness that feels preordained." ~ Readers' Favorite Book Reviews, Joel R. Dennstedt (5 STARS)

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a contemporary literary/religious exploration of two women-a mother and daughter-driven by extraordinary circumstances in a memorable story you'll not soon forget.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622538256
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Publication date: 03/15/2021
Edition description: First Softcover ed.
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

AUTHOR: Richard's novels explore important moral questions such as the price of fame, the nature of loss and redemption, and the meaning of life, through the lens of family dynamics. He lives with his wife in New Orleans and New York City, near their adult children, and his work is infused with the flavor of those vibrant and unique cities. Richard was named Louisiana Independent Author of the Year for 2020, and his works have won numerous awards, including Feathered Quill Book Awards and Readers' Favorite Book Awards.

EDITOR: Lane Diamond has over 160 published books (and counting) to his editing credit, including many multiple award-winners, across many genres and styles.

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