Hunger's Brides Despite its massive weight (4.5 pounds) and girth (1,358 pages), Paul Anderson's ambitious novel Hunger's Brides deserves more than doorstop status. The life of Sor… Hunger's Brides Despite its massive weight (4.5 pounds) and girth (1,358 pages), Paul Anderson's ambitious novel Hunger's Brides deserves more than doorstop status. The life of Sor… 2005-07-25 Fiction Historical Fiction Carroll & Graf
Book Review

Hunger's Brides (2005)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Jul 25, 2005; Writer: Paul Anderson (Author); Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction; Publisher: Carroll & Graf

Despite its massive weight (4.5 pounds) and girth (1,358 pages), Paul Anderson's ambitious novel Hunger's Brides deserves more than doorstop status. The life of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the great 17th-century Mexican poet, intellectual, and nun — whose work has been championed by Octavio Paz, among others — is told by de la Cruz as well as her assistant; the priest who detested her; her would-be lover; and a modern Canadian professor and his female grad student, whose obsession with the poet frames the story. Despite a compelling tale and limpidly beautiful prose, Brides could easily have lost hundreds of pages from its unwieldy bulk.

Originally posted Sep 16, 2005 Published in issue #841 Sep 23, 2005 Order article reprints