|Zigzag Way, the (2004) [Novel]|
by Anita Desai
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(From the publisher):
A newly minted historian, Eric has come to Mexico as a first-time traveler. At first overcome by sensory overload, he is gradually seduced by the strangeness, the color, the mysteries of an ancient world. He finds himself on a curious quest for his own family in an old mining town, where a hundred years earlier young Cornish miners toiled without relief. The native Indians who now suffer the same labor have found an unlikely savior: the formidable Queen of the Sierra, Doņa Vera, widow of a mining baron with a colorful, dubious, European past.
With vivid sympathy and telling detail, Desai conjures Eric's grandparents and the poignant story of a young English girl whose grave is in a cemetery on a Mexican hillside. At the feast of the Day of the Dead, when the locals celebrate and remember their departed, the zigzag paths of these lives converge, bringing together past and present in a moment of powerful epiphany.
Original title: The Zigzag Way
Genre: Fiction→ Adventure→ Wild Frontiers And Exotic Lands
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Regional Interest