Sister Teresa by Barbara Mujica

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Spoiled with beauty, riches, and adoration, a young girl from Àvila is sent to a convent by her parents to learn discipline, but discovers instead an unparalleled spiritual fervor-- one so powerful as to be condemned as sinful by some. She is Saint Teresa--known as a mystic, reformer and founder of convents, and the author of numerous texts that introduced her radical religious ideas and practices to a society suffering through the repressive throes of the Spanish Inquisition. In Barbara Mujica’s masterful tale, her story--her days of youthful romance, her sensual fits of spiritual rapture, secret heritage as a Jewish convert to Catholicism, cloak-and-dagger political dealings, struggles against sexual blackmail, and mysterious illness--unfolds with a tumultuous urgency. Blending fact with fiction in vivid detail, painstakingly researched and beautifully rendered, Mujica's tale conjures a brilliant picture of sisterhood, faith, the terror of religious persecution, the miracle of salvation, and to one woman's challenge to the power of strict orthodoxy, a challenge that consisted of a crime of passion--her own personal relationship with God.

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Barbara Mujica is professor of Spanish at Georgetown University.
Published January 1, 2007 by overlook. 336 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And because Angélica is writing for posterity—for a future audience that might not know much about convent life or Catholic theology—the reader is treated to Angélica’s concise, matter-of-fact lessons on such matters as the reforms of the Council of Trent and the differences between Carmelites an...

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Entertainment Weekly

Eschewing sacred sentiment for rich, gritty anecdotes, Sister Teresa, Bárbara Mujica's well-researched novel, reimagines famed 16th-century mystic Teresa of Ávila as a vibrant and fully fleshed woman not above vanity, deceit, and a little pre-convent hanky-panky.

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Historical Novel Society

Sister Teresa is the compelling story of a young woman of renowned beauty who became the beloved patron saint of Spain, St. Teresa of Ávila.

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Splash Magazine

In the new play at the Lillian Theatre, God's Gypsy, directed by Joel Daavid, about Teresa of Avila, this had a touch of excess length, but, in general, Coco Blignaut's adaptation of Barbara Mujica's NY Times bestselling novel, "Sister Theresa" flowed with humor and tension mixed with the facts o...

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