The Threads of the Heart by Carole Martinez

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They say Frasquita knows magic, that she is a healer with occult powers, that perhaps she is a sorcerer. She does indeed posses a remarkable gift, one that has been passed down to the women in her family for generations. From rags, off-cuts, and rough fabric she can create gowns and other garments so magnificent, so alive, that they are capable of masking any kind defect or deformity (and pregnancies!). They bestow a breathtaking and blinding beauty on whoever wears them.

But Fasquita's gift makes others in her small Andalusian village jealous. And to make matters worse, Frasquita is an adulteress (it matters not that her betrayal came at her husband's behest after he gambled on her honor, and lost, at a cock fight). She is hounded and eventually banished from her home. What follows is an extraordinary adventure as she travels across southern Spain all the way to Africa with her five children in tow. Her exile becomes a quest for a better, for herself and her daughters, whom she hopes can escape the ironclad fate of her family of sorcerers., whom she hopes will  life for her daughters, one in which the family  in an attempt to give her daughters a chance at living another kind of life.

The Threads of the Heart possesses the lyric beauty of a prose poem and the narrative power of a myth.

About Carole Martinez

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Author Carole Martinez, a former actress and photographer, currently teaches French in a middle school in Issy-les-Moulineaux. She began writing during her maternity leave in 2005.For Europa Editions, Howard Curtis has translated five novels by Jean- Claude Izzo. His translation of the final book in Izzo's Marseilles trilogy, Solea, was shortlisted for the French-American and Florence Gould Translation Prize in 2008.
Published December 31, 2012 by Europa. 400 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though Martinez’s prose is often moving and surprisingly lyrical, even during the goriest of moments, the story becomes frayed and somewhat disorganized as the author delves into excruciating minutiae about the lives of every character she introduces and every situation the family encounters.

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Like the desert that occupies so much of Martinez’s mesmerizing narrative, the author’s prose is uncompromising, stark, and often brutal: “The people were roaring beneath the child’s voice, and the captain was asking his questions, and the guard was cutting Salvador’s face, gashing the ...

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