Here's to you, Jesusa by Elena Poniatowska

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The first English edition of the masterful, moving story of one woman's life-by the acclaimed Mexican writer

Elena Poniatowska's best and most accessible work, Here's to You, Jesúsa! is a rich, sensitive retelling of the life of Jesúsa Palancares de Aguilar. Born in Oaxaca in the early 1900s, she loses her mother at a young age and lives with her father until one of his girlfriends beats and stabs her. Moved to her godmother's house, Jesúsa serves as a maid until she reunites with her father during the Mexican Revolution and joins the army of General Jesús Carranza. In the army, Jesúsa is forced to marry another soldier who beats and abandons her. On one such occasion she is beaten so severely that it draws the attention of the general himself, who punishes her husband. After the revolution, Jesúsa finds work in Mexico City, first as a domestic, then in a series of factories, and begins her long history of run-ins with the police.

Poniatowska documents a colorful life while also providing a compelling, firsthand account of the most important events in Mexico during the twentieth century. Reprinted twenty-eight times since its original publication in 1969, Here's to You, Jesúsa! now stands as a classic of Mexican literature.

About Elena Poniatowska

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Elena Poniatowska is the author of more than forty works, including the classic Massacre in Mexico and the novels, Dear Diego and Tinisima (FSG, 1996). She lives in Mexico City.
Published February 12, 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Originally published in Mexico in 1969, this passionate and unflinching classic deserves a warm reception upon its belated publication in English. In the Latin American tradition of the testimonial no

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Both women benefit from their unusual relationship, Jesusa validating Poniatowska's Mexican existence and Poniatowska saving Jesusa from anonymity.

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