The Sunday Tertulia: A Novel

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Harper Collins, May 26, 2009 - Fiction - 224 pages

“Heartfelt, intelligent. . . imagine Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club crossed with Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate. . . . Carlson’s love and appreciation for Latin cadences and culture comes though on every page.”á —áLos Angeles Times

Claire is a young, struggling New Yorker whose understanding of life is enriched after a group of older and wiser Latina women bring her into a close-knit circle: their Upper West Sideátertulia. Once a month, they come together for a Sunday afternoon of revelry, at which delicious food and strong opinions are served up in equal measure. Through their recollections and counsel, Claire comes to know the colorful, exotic, and sometimes contradictory attitudes that informed these women's lives. She begins to see her own challenges through a prism more poetic and worldly. Humorous and bittersweet,áThe Sunday Tertuliaábrings to life cherished Latin traditions and celebrates women's wisdom and spirituality.

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An informal gathering (tertulia) once a month brings together a group of women friends who share a meal and conversation. Lots and lots of conversation, it would seem.Children's author Carlson loves ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
17
Section 3
39
Section 4
55
Section 5
69
Section 6
91
Section 7
103
Section 8
117
Section 9
133
Section 10
145
Section 11
161
Section 12
175
Section 13
187
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Lori Marie Carlson was born in Jamestown, New York. She holds an M.A. in Hispanic Literature from Indiana University and has taught at several universities. Carlson is also the author of seven books for young adults, including the acclaimed Cool Salsa. The Sunday Tertulia is her first novel. She lives in New York City.

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