The Tree of Red Stars by Tessa Bridal

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Romance, coming-of-age, and political intrigue blend to create an evocative description of Uruguay's transition from democracy to a CIA-backed military dictatorship. Tessa Bridal's debut novel provides readers with a vivid, unforgettable journey through a time and a world that is closer than we realize.

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Bridal was born in Uruguay.
Published January 1, 1997 by Milkweed Editions. 287 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Though the story that Magda, the narrator, tells on her return to Uruguay after seven years abroad in exile is primarily a love story, it is grounded in the revolutionary politics of a particular time.

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Magda's observations about the impact of the arrival of a Jewish family down the street, a neighbor's abandonment of his wife and children, her aunt's gossip, her interactions with the loyal maid and the local beggar and her reflections from her eye-opening year in Michigan all work to advance Ma...

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