The Ancestor by Karen Dale Wolman

cover of the book The AncestorThe Ancestor by Karen Dale Wolman
Genre: Fiction
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Published: 2002
Publisher: FM Publications
Format: Trade Paperback
No. of Pages: 248
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ISBN: 971429804
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Maria Antonia is a young writer haunted by frightening dreams she calls night visions. She grew up believing she was Mexican and Aztec, but in the dreams she hears the spirit of her dead grandmother calling to her in a language she can recognize but not name. Here begins Maria Antonia’s journey to uncover the past and reveal the truths of the mysterious matriarchal lineage that is her heritage. As she searches, Maria Antonia is haunted by people who aren’t quite dead, a character in her book who becomes real, stories that write themselves, a blind puppy that does not grow and a mountain cabin in Mexico that is both a setting in her book and the original house of her ancestors. Maria Antonia and her lover, a Greek painter named Elena, journey from their beach house in a seaside haven in Northern California to Mexico, Greece, and back to Mexico again, drawn to cliffs and caves and the ever present sea until she finds her own truths and discovers that the impossible can be real. Through a mystical exploration of truth, reality and what is possible, the pages weave narrative and myth for a provocative and compelling read. A tapestry of magical realism, legend and self-discovery, The Ancestor takes us on the journey of a young woman discovering who she really is and how much she will let the past define her.
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