The Seamstress

The Seamstress

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Winner of the Friends of American Writers Award for Fiction

As seamstresses, the young sisters Em#65533;lia and Luzia dos Santos know how to cut, mend, and conceal--useful skills in the lawless backcountry of Brazil, where ruthless land barons feud with bands of outlaw cangaceiros, trapping innocent residents in the crossfire. Em#65533;lia, a naive romantic, dreams of falling in love with a gentleman and escaping to a big city. Quick-tempered Luzia also longs for escape, finding it in her craft and secret prayers to the saints she believes once saved her life. But when Luzia is abducted by cangaceiros led by the infamous Hawk and Em#65533;lia stumbles into a marriage with the son of a wealthy and politically powerful doctor, the sisters' quiet lives diverge in ways they never would have imagined.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2008.
ISBN: 9780060738884
Branch Call Number: FIC Peebles
Characteristics: 646 p. ; 24 cm.


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Dec 13, 2009

The book was good but a little hard to get through at times. I found the plot a little dull at certain points but the author obviously knew the area and time well and has a great affinity for the characters.


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