From the verdant hills of Rio de Janeiro to Evita Per& 243;n& 8217;s glittering Buenos Aires, from the haven of a corner butcher shop to the halls of the United States Embassy in Montevideo, this gripping novel& 8212;at once expansive and lush with detail& 8212;examines the intertwined fates of a continent and a family in upheaval. The Invisible Mountain is a deeply intimate exploration of the search for love and authenticity in the lives of three women, and a penetrating portrait of the small, tenacious nation of Uruguay, shaken by the gales of the twentieth century.
On the first day of the year 1900, a small town deep in the Uruguayan countryside gathers to witness a miracle& 8212;the mysterious reappearance of a lost infant, Pajarita& 8212;and unravel its portents for the century. Later, as a young woman in the capital city& 8212;Montevideo, brimming with growth and promise& 8212;Pajarita begins a lineage of fiercely independent women with her enamored husband, Ignazio, a young immigrant from Italy and the inheritor of both a talent for boat making and a latent, more sinister family trait. Their daughter, Eva, a fragile yet ferociously stubborn beauty intent on becoming a poet, overcomes an early, shattering betrayal to embark on a most unconventional path toward personal and artistic fulfillment. And Eva& 8217;s daughter, Salom& 233;, awakening to both her sensuality and political convictions amid the violent turmoil of the late 1960s, finds herself dangerously attracted to a cadre of urban guerrilla rebels, despite the terrible consequences of such principled fearlessness.
Provocative, heartbreaking and ultimately life-affirming, The Invisible Mountain is a poignant celebration of the potency of familial love, the will to survive in the most hopeless of circumstances, and, above all, the fierce, fortifying connection between mother and daughter.
From the Hardcover edition.
An Italian immigrant to Uruguay marries a peasant girl, and the two raise a gorgeous but rebellious daughter, Eva, whose eventual marriage in Buenos Aires to a respected doctor is torn apart by her political beliefs. Her daughter Salome follows in her footsteps, and her revolutionary fervor lands her in prison. A historically rich, multi-generational romance with a touch of magic-realism, THE INVISIBLE MOUNTAIN is a story about the power of love, dreams, ideals, family and motherhood.
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