A True Story Based on Lies by Jennifer Clement

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This novel addresses the universal issues of class discrimination, male oppression and female servitude, and opens a window on Mexico's Catholic and pagan customs as well as its folklore, magic and corruption.
 

About Jennifer Clement

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Jennifer Clement is the author of the memoir Widow Basquiat, and the novels, A True Story Based on Lies, which was a finalist in the Orange Prize for Fiction, and The Poison That Fascinates. Her work has been featured in such publications as the American Poetry Review and the Nation.
 
Published June 1, 2003 by Canongate UK. 176 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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The situation isn’t much easier for Mrs. O’Conner, who falls into a deep depression at the daily reminder of her husband’s infidelity and becomes harder and harder to live with.

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Employing an elegant, spare poetic style that speaks volumes about the plight of her Mexican protagonists, novelist and poet Clement (The Next Stranger) tells the story of a young peasant girl named Leonora who finds work as a domestic for a rich Mexico City couple with an Anglo last name.

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