By Donna M. Gershten
Selected because the first winner of Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize, Kissing the Virgin's Mouth is a fantastically written, lyrical first novel that provides a unprecedented window into one other tradition. Its impossible to resist heroine takes the reader into her Mexican global and the event is unforgettable.
Barbara Kingsolver based the Bellwether Prize in aid of a literature of social switch. In her phrases, Donna Gershten's novel has "the type of political boldness and complexity we are hoping to advertise with this prize. It units a regular for what we are defining as a literature of social responsibility."
Kissing the Virgin's Mouth is the fictitious memoir of Guadalupe Magdalena Molina Vásquez -- spouse, scoundrel, courtesan, and mom. In a global the place gender and sophistication roles are unbending, and faith main, Magda creates a philosophy of existence that she will be able to thrive in, a faith of cynical optimism, pragmatism, and decided gratitude. The invincible but fallible Magda climbs from the bad barrio of a coastal Mexican city to American affluence, from wide-eyed youth to worldly courtesan existence, from full-blooded adolescence to oncoming blindness.
In the Golden area of Teatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico, the place travelers and filthy rich Mexicans thrive and the place bad Mexicans come purely to paintings or to go to the shrine of the miracle child Jesus, Guadalupe Magdalena Molina Vásquez plays her day-by-day ritual. within the chair of her loved Tía Chucha, mortared to the roof of her Golden area domestic, Magda shaves her lengthy legs, tells her existence tales, and thrusts her fierce prayers of gratitude towards the ocean of Cortés.
"More cabrón than starvation is the individual that has suffered it," Magda says, and in her unsentimental and savvy style, she recounts her lifestyles suggestions -- pro with an earthy, well-merited knowledge -- in order that she may perhaps move them alongside to her half-American daughter, Martina, and to her younger Mexican cousin, Isabel.
Kissing the Virgin's Mouth is a unique approximately love, the ability of intercourse, and the struggles of girls. it truly is in regards to the secrets and techniques of survival. it really is approximately what a girl can do.