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Where there was fire / John Manuel Arias.

Arias, John Manuel, (author.).


"In John Manuel Arias's lush and lyrical debut, a Costa Rican family wrestles with the aftermath of neocolonialism, a deadly secret, and an all-consuming fire. Costa Rica, 1968. When a lethal fire erupts at the American Fruit Company's most lucrative banana plantation burning all evidence of a massive cover-up, the future of Teresa Cepeda Valverde's family is changed forever. Now, twenty-seven years later, Teresa and her daughter Lyra are still picking up the pieces. Lyra wants nothing to do with Teresa, but is desperate to find out what happened to her family that fateful night. Teresa, haunted by a missing husband and the bitter ghost of her mother, Amarga, is unable to reconcile the past. What unfolds is a story of a mother and daughter trying to forgive what they do not yet understand, and the mystery at the heart of one family's rupture, steeped in machismo, jealousy, labor uprisings, and the havoc wreaked by banana plantations in Central America. Brimming with ancestral spirits, omens, and the anthropomorphic forces of nature, John Manuel Arias weaves a brilliant tapestry of love, loss, secrets, and redemption. Set in Costa Rica between 1968 and the mid-1990s, Where There Was Fire paints a vivid portrait of the ways in which agribusiness and international exploitation are intertwined with one family's fate"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781250817389
  • ISBN: 1250817382
  • Physical Description: 270 pages : genealogical tables ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Flatiron Books, 2023.
Subject: Costa Rica > History > 20th century > Fiction.
Colonies > Fiction.
Imperialism > Fiction.
Families > Fiction.
Family secrets > Fiction.
Mothers and daughters > Fiction.
Colonies > Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Impérialisme > Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Familles > Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Secrets de famille > Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Mères et filles > Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Costa Rica
Mothers and daughters
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Domestic fiction
Domestic fiction.
Historical fiction.

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  • 0 of 1 copy available at Burlington Public Library.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Burlington Public Library F ARIAS 39851001755793 New Fiction Copy hold Checked out 03/05/2024

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