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Dancing with butterflies : a novel
Reyna Grande
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Summary: Dancing with Butterflies uses the alternating voices of four very different women whose lives interconnect through a common passion for their Mexican heritage and a dance company called Alegría. Yesenia, who founded Alegría with her husband, Eduardo, sabotages her own efforts to remain a vital, vibrant woman when she travels back and forth across the Mexican border for cheap plastic surgery. Elena, grief stricken by the death of her only child and the end of her marriage, finds herself falling dangerously in love with one of her underage students. Elena's sister, Adriana, wears the wounds of abandonment by a dys-functional family and becomes unable to discern love from abuse. Soledad, the sweet-tempered illegal immigrant who designs costumes for Alegría, finds herself stuck back in Mexico, where she returns to see her dying grandmother. Reyna Grande has brought these fictional characters so convincingly to life that readers will imagine they know them.


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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.
Dancer

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.
Seamstress



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