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Dancing with butterflies : a novel
Reyna Grande
Adult Fiction GRANDE

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Grande's lyrical and sensual follow-up to her stunning Across a Hundred Mountains (2006) is well worth the wait. This time out, there is still the poignant intimacy of the Mexican immigrant experience, but it's richly layered into the lives of four women who discover that their passion for the vibrant tradition of Folklorico dancing binds them to their pasts, futures and one another as each faces her own test of love and loyalty. There's Yesenia, the founder of Grupo Folklorico Alegria, who, at 42, is struggling through a midlife crisis that threatens to wreck everything she's loved; Elena, a young dancer and teacher whose stillborn daughter pushes her into a forbidden love; Soledad, a gifted seamstress for the Folklorico group whose dreams of her own dress shop get derailed by a return to Mexico to visit her dying grandmother; and Adriana, Elena's impetuous younger sister, who's involved in an abusive relationship. Nothing is simple for these complex women, but the art and culture of a Mexican dance tradition is what finally saves their lives, and we're lucky to be in the audience. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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main characters Yesenia
Female
Age: 42
Mexican
Founded a dance company; going through a midlife crisis; travels back and forth across the border for plastic surgery.
Dancer

Elena
Female
Mexican
Grieving over the death of her only child; in a troubled marriage; falling in love with one of her students; teaches at Yesenia's dance school.
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Adriana
Female
Mexican
Elena's sister; in an abusive relationship.

Soledad
Female
Mexican
Seamstress for Yesenia's dance company; dreams of opening her own dress shop; returns to Mexico to be with her dying grandmother.
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