Magazine article New Internationalist

[The Festival of San Joaquin]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[The Festival of San Joaquin]

Article excerpt

LUZ MARINA, released on probation for killing her violent husband, returns to her home town San Joaquin to put together a semblance of life. Though cleared of murder, she finds - as expected - people have long memories and wagging tongues. More painful still is the fact that her three children are in the custody of her husband's mother, a woman of formidable wealth and power who had been formerly a kind employer but is now determined to drive Luz Marina from the town.

Set in the Mestizo community of Belize, this novel eventually transforms the soap opera trappings of such social drama into a deeply sympathetic pilgrim's progress as Luz Marina battles with her feelings of guilt, hatred and confusion. Her path is full of unexpected twists and turns, where kindness is just as easily withdrawn as it is offered. …

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