The Shrine at Altamira

The Shrine at Altamira

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Now available in a Grove paperback edition, The Shrine at Altamira by John L'Heureux has the simple shape and powerful impact of Greek tragedy. When Maria Corazon Alvarez meets Russell Whitaker at a school dance, she sees his blue eyes and solid American name as a ticket out of the ghetto into a better life. They dance, they touch, they tumble into a love so strong and elemental it should last forever. But gradually the balance shifts; he loves her more, she loves him less. When their son is born, Maria gives him all her love and Russell is pushed aside. Wild, obsessed, Russell runs mad and his desperate love becomes a fire that consumes them all.The waitress stood there with two squares of cake, creamy in the middle, a dusting of cocoa on top. a€œTiramisA¹, a€ she said, making it clear she had heard nothing. ... It stood five feet tall. ... Ashe walked pastthe kitchen window, he could hear Maria and Ana Luisa singing a€œHappy Birthday, a€ and he pausedat theback doorandanbsp;...

Title:The Shrine at Altamira
Author:John L'Heureux
Publisher:Grove/Atlantic, Inc. - 2007-12-01


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