A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award with In the Time of Butterflies, author Julia Alvarez is a beloved voice in modern fiction and poetry. In Saving the World, she weaves the stories of two courageous women-separated by two centuries-into a breathtaking novel of love and idealism in an increasingly troubled world. A best-selling, Latin-American author living in Vermont, Alma stays behind when her husband travels to the Dominican Republic to help fight AIDS. She needs the time to work on her latest book, but she has terrible writer's block. Soon, her focus is diverted to an entirely new story, that of the early 19th-century anti-smallpox expedition of Dr. Francisco Balmis. Accompanying Dr. Balmis was DoNa Isabel, who cared for the orphan boys serving as living carriers of the smallpox vaccine. It is the narrative of the courageous DoNa Isabel that provides hope and inspiration when Alma's husband is taken captive. Mesmerizing and poetic, Saving the World is a visionary tale that raises profound questions about the world we live in-and whether or not it is beyond redemption.
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"When author Alma Rodriguez Huebner's husband goes to the Dominican Republic to assist in an AIDS project, she remains in Vermont to try to write her novel. Eventually, she abandons it and begins the story of Isabel, the rectoress of an orphanage in 1803, and her charges, 22 boys used to carry the cowpox virus to the Spanish colonies. Julia Alvarez's writing boasts richness, poetic vision, and lyric detail, although her artfulness sometimes occurs at the expense of clarity. Even with a first-rate performance by Blanca Camacho, the multilayered novel-within-a-novel loses its way. Camacho makes the most of Alvarez's two main plots and tangled subplots, but this is a time when less would have been more. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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