The Long Night of White Chickens

Product Number: EB00645481
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781555846398
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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Description

PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist: A novel that is "at once a story about a boy growing up in two cultures, a love story, and a mystery" (The Boston Globe). Winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction, The Long Night of White Chickens announced Francisco Goldman's arrival as a major literary talent. It is both a suspenseful mystery and a tale of two worlds that plumbs the darkest depths of the relationship between the United States and Guatemala. Goldman tells the story of Roger Graetz, raised in a Boston suburb by an aristocratic Guatemalan mother and Jewish father, and Flor de Mayo, the beautiful young Guatemalan orphan who lives with the family as a maid. Similar in age, Roger and Flor become close, and remain so even after she leaves to attend college at Wellesley. After graduation, however, Flor returns home to Guatemala City, where she heads a local orphanage that arranges international adoptions. When she's murdered, Roger is stunned and can't believe the rumors he hears about her life. Years later, he will travel to Guatemala to uncover the circumstances around Flor's mysterious death in "a wonderful book" that is as "complex as history, funny as love, painful as death" (The Washington Post Book World). "A richly layered, genre-busting novel that shuttles between suburban Boston and Guatemala City and devours everything in its path." -Jay McInerney

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Author(s): Francisco Goldman
Original Publish Date: Dec 01, 2007

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