Our Lives Are the Rivers by Jaime Manrique
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Based on actual events, this sweeping novel tells the life story of a woman who was willing to risk it all for her country and her lover—in whose legacy lies the history of an entire continent.

Our Lives Are the Rivers tells the story of beautiful young freedom fighter Manuela Sáenz, and the epic tale of her long love affair with liberator Simón Bolívar. A novel of intoxicating love, passion, and adventure, Jaime Manrique vividly captures a dynamic continent struggling for its own identity.

 

About Jaime Manrique

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Jaime Manrique: Jaime Manrique is a novelist, essayist, and poet who lives in New York. His critically acclaimed novels include Colombian Gold, Latin Moon in Manhattan, and Our Lives are the Rivers.
 
Published January 9, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 372 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Defying her husband, she lives openly with Bolívar in Lima until he returns to the battlefield, “his true mistress,” on which Manuela will cut a dashing figure herself.

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Jaime Manrique's novel tells the story of Manuela Sáenz, mistress of Simón Bolívar.

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A veteran spy in Peru's successful, early 1820s struggle against Spanish rule, Ecuadorian Manuela meets Simón, a Venezuelan aristocrat who led five South American nations to independence, while she suffers the de facto slavery of an arranged marriage to a wealthy, possessive Englishman, James Tho...

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