Esperanza's Box of Saints by Maria Amparo Escandon
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Esperanza's Box of Saints is a magical, humorous, and passion-filled odyssey about a beautiful young widow's search for her missing child -- a mission that takes her from a humble Mexican village to the rowdy brothels of Tijuana and a rarely seen side of Los Angeles. Rescued from turmoil by her favorite saint, Esperanza embarks on a journey that tests her faith, teaches her the ways of the world, and transforms her from a fervently religious innocent to an independent, sexual, and passionately devout woman.

About Maria Amparo Escandon

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Born in Mexico, María Amparo Escandón now lives in Los Angeles. She teaches writing at UCLA Extension, and her stories have been published in many magazines.
Published December 21, 2010 by Touchstone. 258 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Esperanza's world is one in which a woman's skin tastes like tamarind candy, in which the statue of a saint glows and smells like lilacs and in which Esperanza's religious devotion has an aphrodisiac effect on the men she encounters.

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