Lily Tuck’s vivid, intriguing, but disjointed novel — the newly crowned winner of the National Book Award — begins in 1854 when Ella Lynch, a gorgeous Parisian courtesan, follows her new lover, Franco Lopez (the real-life future dictator of Paraguay), to South America. Tuck brings to life the lush, sensual, and brutal world of 19th-century Paraguay, where peasants live in mud hovels and Ella raises her children by Franco in a pink marble palace. Franco, meanwhile, keeps busy entertaining his many mistresses, seizing power, imprisoning his siblings, and driving the country into a cataclysmic war with Brazil. Alas, no strong, compelling plot ever emerges. Constantly shifting its focus between several dozen scattered characters — from Ella’s saucy French maid to an American minister in Paraguay to a syphilitic wet nurse — The News From Paraguay never quite jells.
The News From Paraguay Lily Tuck's vivid, intriguing, but disjointed novel — the newly crowned winner of the National Book Award — begins in 1854 when Ella Lynch,...The News From ParaguayFictionLily Tuck Lily Tuck's vivid, intriguing, but disjointed novel — the newly crowned winner of the National Book Award — begins in 1854 when Ella Lynch,...2004-12-03HarperPerennial Library
Genre: Fiction; Author: Lily Tuck; Publisher: HarperPerennial Library
Posted December 3 2004 — 12:00 AM EST
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