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Growing up as the only daughter of a wealthy landowner in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, teenaged Mercedes Martinez knows a world of maids, armed guards, and private drivers. When she falls in love with Manuel, a fiery young activist with a passion for his faith and his country, she begins to understand the suffering of the desplazados who share her land. A startling discovery about her father forces Mercedes to doubt everything she thought she knew about her life, and she and Manuel make plans to run away together. But before they can, tragedy strikes in a single violent night. Mercedes flees Colombia for the United States and a life she never could have imagined. Fifteen years later, she returns to Colombia seeking the truth, but discovers that only more questions await.In the bristling, beautiful prose that won her an IPPY Gold Medal for her short story collectionTrain Shots, Vanessa Blakeslee's Juventud explores the idealism of youth, the complexities of a ravaged country, and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.
After her life is shattered in a single horrifying night, teenaged Mercedes Martinez runs away, severing ties with her father and her privileged life in Colombia. Fifteen years later, a bombing in Bogotá and the sight of her former lover's face on the news call Mercedes back. Juventud explores the idealism of youth against the backdrop of a ravaged city.
Number of Pages: 340
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
Author: Vanessa Blakeslee
Street Date: October 27, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-50-8471