By Donna M. Gershten
Selected because the first winner of Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize, Kissing the Virgin's Mouth is a fantastically written, lyrical first novel that gives an extraordinary window into one other tradition. Its impossible to resist heroine takes the reader into her Mexican global and the event is unforgettable.
Barbara Kingsolver based the Bellwether Prize in aid of a literature of social swap. In her phrases, Donna Gershten's novel has "the type of political boldness and complexity we are hoping to advertise with this prize. It units a typical for what we are defining as a literature of social responsibility."
Kissing the Virgin's Mouth is the fictitious memoir of Guadalupe Magdalena Molina Vásquez -- spouse, scoundrel, courtesan, and mom. In a global the place gender and sophistication roles are unbending, and faith fundamental, Magda creates a philosophy of lifestyles that she will be able to thrive in, a faith of cynical optimism, pragmatism, and decided gratitude. The invincible but fallible Magda climbs from the bad barrio of a coastal Mexican city to American affluence, from wide-eyed youth to worldly courtesan lifestyles, from full-blooded formative years to oncoming blindness.
In the Golden sector of Teatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico, the place travelers and prosperous Mexicans thrive and the place bad Mexicans come simply to paintings or to go to the shrine of the miracle child Jesus, Guadalupe Magdalena Molina Vásquez plays her day-by-day ritual. within the chair of her liked Tía Chucha, mortared to the roof of her Golden sector domestic, Magda shaves her lengthy legs, tells her lifestyles tales, and thrusts her fierce prayers of gratitude towards the ocean of Cortés.
"More cabrón than starvation is the person that has suffered it," Magda says, and in her unsentimental and savvy type, she recounts her lifestyles thoughts -- pro with an earthy, genuinely-earned knowledge -- in order that she may go them alongside to her half-American daughter, Martina, and to her younger Mexican cousin, Isabel.
Kissing the Virgin's Mouth is a singular approximately love, the facility of intercourse, and the struggles of ladies. it really is concerning the secrets and techniques of survival. it really is approximately what a lady can do.