From a National Book Award finalistfor her memoir American Chicaand the author of the acclaimed novel Cellophane comes this spare, powerful story of sexual obsession and its consequences.
Carlos Bluhm leads the good life in upper-class Lima: he attends social functions with his elegant wife, goes out drinking with his three best friends, has the occasional, fleeting assignation. . . . Until he meets Maria Fernandez, a dancer at a tango bar in a rough part of town. The beautiful sixteen-year-old intoxicates him. An indigenous dark-skinned Peruvian, she represents everything his safe white world does not, and soon he cant get her out of his mind. They begin a passionate affair, one that will destroy his marriage and shatter the only reality hes ever known.
Flash forward twenty years: against all odds, Carlos and Maria have remained together. But when Maria finally presses for a formal commitment, feelings long suppressed erupt in a tense endgame that sends both of them hurtling toward a dangerous resolution that will forever alter their lives.
Brilliantly realized, erotic, unsentimental, Lima Nights is a unique love story and a stunning work of fiction that will reverberate long after its final page.
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"While the story ends with a whimper, the finely tuned human drama and subversion of the happily-ever-after drive home the setup's inherent sadness." - Publishers Weekly.
"A terse, almost stark departure from the lyrical Cellophane, this intelligent novel should bring new readers to Arana's work. Highly recommended for all academic and public library fiction collections." - Library Journal.
"Starred Review. ... Arana's novel of taboo passion, tragic misperception, and life's hidden dimensions is as shattering as it is seductive." - Booklist.
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Marie Arana is the editor of the Washington Post Book World. Born in Lima, Peru, she now lives in Washington, D.C.
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