Little Star of Bela Lua by Luana Monteiro

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You are about to read stories keenly true to time and place, yet so universal in theme that they are timeless. Superstitious townspeople, greedy men, a young girl looking for fame and love, a conflicted priest, and a reluctant husband live out their follies in the dusty villages and teeming cities of northeastern Brazil, home of rising Brazilian-American writer Luana Montiero.
           A guitar-strumming young girl triumphs over her male opponents in a competitive ancient version of a poetry slam, only to find herself ensnared in a romantic trap. A luminous fish appears in an impoverished desert village and proceeds to perform questionable miracles on its desperate citizens. A handsome, sexually conflicted priest hears voices after drinking the water in a mining town. A city doctor finds that rural traditions get him into trouble of his own making. And a young Brazilian girl enamored of American television discovers that the United States is more complex than Saturday morning cartoons.
           Little Star of Bela Lua announces the debut of a whimsical, wise writer whose lyrical prose and playful inventiveness illuminate a profound understanding of the human heart.

About Luana Monteiro

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Luana Monteiro was born in Recife, Brazil, and now lives in Madison, Wisconsin. This is her first book.
Published June 12, 2012 by Delphinium Books. 228 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Horror. Fiction

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Seven tales from provincial Brazil make up Monteiro's quaint, sparkling debut.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Little Star of Bela Lua

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Animals, humans, and spirits intermingle in ways both comic and horrific .

Jul 22 2005 | Read Full Review of Little Star of Bela Lua

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