Peel My Love Like an Onion by Ana Castillo

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Peel My Love Like an Onion is the breakthrough novel from Ana Castillo, author of the wildly praised So Far from God--a lyrical, steamy, and moving story of a love triangle set in the colorful world of flamenco dancing.

Carmen "La Coja" ("the cripple") Santos is a flamenco dancer of local renown in Chicago, despite the obstacle of a handicapped leg, the legacy of a childhood attack of polio. From the beginning of her professional career, she has carried on an affair with Agustín, the married director of her troupe--a romance that is going stale from overfamiliar lust and an absence of honesty.

But when she begins a passionate liaison with the younger Manolo, Agustín's godson and a dancer of natural genius, an angry rivalry is sparked. Add to that the looming reassertion of her crippling disease and Carmen's vexed relations with her mother, one of the most exasperating parents in recent literature, and you have all the ingredients for a love story à la Ana Castillo--equal parts soap opera, tragicomedy, and rhapsody. Laced with sarcastic asides and dead-on observations, Peel My Love Like an Onion is a universal work imbued with love's power to vex and exalt.
 

About Ana Castillo

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Ana Castillo is also the author of the novels The Mixquiahuala Letters and Sapogonia (available in Anchor paperback editions), the story collection Loverboys, the critical study Massacre of the Dreamers, and the poetry collection My Father Was a Toltec. She has won a Carl Sandburg Prize, a Southwestern Booksellers Award, and an American Book Award. She lives in Chicago.
 
Published September 14, 1999 by Doubleday. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Carmen issues an ultimatum to Manolo—he—ll be loyal to Agust°n or to her?—the two men disappear, leaving Carmen for five long years yearning for the erotic memory of Manolo and the comfort of Agust°n.

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Confirming her reputation as a talented writer, Castillo's (So Far from God) sardonic and seductive novel flowers at the exotic intersection of Chicago's flamenco, Gypsy and Chicano communities, where Carmen Santos, a defiant ex-flamenco dancer, struggles with the end of her career and the dissol...

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''Flamenco is about how women love and are loved,'' says Carmen la Coja, who narrates this lyrical novel.

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