Saint Sullivan’s Daughter

Saint Sullivan’s Daughter

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The jazz cats call him Saint Sullivan, but hea€™s far from pious. Musician Barry Sullivan drinks too much, cana€™t keep a job, and fights with his fiery Mexican wife. Ceci, their young daughter, witnesses their fury from the shadows. The child finds comfort with plaster saints and the spirits of her ancestorsa€”until a tragic accident threatens her body and soul. Great-aunt Pilar fears the Evil Eye and decides to intervene, taking Ceci and her family to a traditional Mexican healer, a curandera. Even in the ultra-modern Los Angeles of 1960, ancient ways survive in the barrio. The curandera prescribes an unconventional pharmacopeia of folk remedies, compassion, humor, and stories, which charm the ailing child. Barry is caught between two worldsa€”the jazz scene, where he speaks the lingo, and the barrio, where he is a clueless foreigner stumbling into a dangerous feud. He teeters on the brink of peril, while the curandera asks of him a sacrifice few men of the era know how to make, even for the sake of love.a€œYou can at least take an evening ofl, Mamita. ... Rafaela scanned her wits for a tart answer, too soon realizing her wits were failing; she did need an evening ofla€. ... Tell Adelita to come on over after school to babysit for Tito and Cecilita. Pilar and I are going to play Bingo.a€ a€œBingo? ... hour Rafaela dabbed her secret salve on his wounds, praying to the saints and singing the sacred songs of the Old Ones.

Title:Saint Sullivan’s Daughter
Author:Claire Germain Nail
Publisher:Abbott Press - 2012-10-30


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