Hard Red Spring

Hard Red Spring

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An ambitious and unforgettable epic novel that spans a hundred years of Guatemala's tumultuous history as experienced by four American women who are linked by the mysterious disappearance of a little girl. In 1902, a young girl watches her family's life destroyed by corrupt officials and inscrutable natives. In 1954, the wife of the American ambassador becomes trapped in the intrigue of a Cold War love affair. In 1983, an evangelical missionary discovers that the Good News may not be good news at all to the Mayan refugees she hopes to save. And in 1999, the mother of an adopted Mayan daughter embarks on a Roots Tour only to find that the history she seeks is not safely in the past. Kelly Kerney's novel tells a powerful story that draws on the history of Guatemala and the legacy of American intervention to vividly evoke The Land of Eternal Spring in all its promise and all its devastating failures. This is a place where a volcano erupts and the government sends a band to drown out the sound of destruction; where a government decree reverses the direction of one-way streets; a president decides that Pat Robertson and Jesus will save the country; and where a UN commission is needed to determine the truth. A heartrending and masterfully written look at a country in perpetual turmoil, Hard Red Spring brilliantly reveals how the brutal realities of history play out in the lives of individuals and reveals Guatemala in a manner reminiscent of the groundbreaking memoir .
Publisher: New York, NY : Viking, ©2016
ISBN: 9780525429012
Branch Call Number: KERNEY
Characteristics: 437 pages : map ; 24 cm

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JANET FLAPAN
Nov 29, 2016

This is an emotional and disturbing read. It follows the lives of 5 women in Guatemala in episodes over 100+ years and shows the pain and suffering with Communists, guerrillas, the CIA and other US interference - plus just being a woman and vulnerable. It made me want to find out more about the history of the country which (I think) is loosely followed.

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