The Threads Of The Heart

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THE THREADS OF THE HEART
by Carole Martinez
translated by Howard Curtis
published by Europa Editions

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They say Frasquita knows magic, that she is a healer with occult powers, that perhaps she is a sorcerer. She does indeed possess a remarkable gift, one that has been passed down to the women in her family for generations. From rags, off-cuts, and rough fabric she can create gowns and other garments so magnificent, so alive, that they bestow a breathtaking and blinding beauty on whoever wears them; they are also capable of masking any kind of defect or deformity (or a pregnancy!). But Frasquita's gift incites jealousy. She is hounded and eventually banished from her home, and what follows is an extraordinary adventure as she travels across southern Spain all the way to Africa with her five children in tow. Her exile becomes a quest for a better life, for both herself and her daughters, whom she hopes can escape the fate of her family of sorcerers. The Threads of the Heart possesses the lyric beauty of a prose poem and the narrative power of myth.

- paperback: 400 pages
- product dimensions: 135 x 210 mm
- ISBN: 9781609450878