The Curse of Eve and Other Stories

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Host Publications, Inc., 2008 - Fiction - 159 pages
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Welcome to the enchanting and uncanny world of The Curse of Eve, where the Avon Lady is your best friend and your worst enemy, polar bears plot revenge on irksome children, and resurrection is a bitch. In this extraordinary collection, acclaimed Mexican writer Liliana Blum presents us with a startling, tender and often hilarious take on modern life. The wry, intimate stories in The Curse of Eve pulse with the ache of abandoned dreams and debauched desires. In the affecting title story, the very ordinary fate of a young mother is laid bare as the stuff of tragedy. In Kisses on the Forehead, a personal ad leads to a desperate tryst between a virgin and a vagabond, while A Model Kit invites us to observe an unorthodox artist and his odious methods of creation. A young womans adventures with a porn star inspire an unlikely new vocation in God Bless Ron Jeremy, and in To Adorn the Saints the appearance of a naked virgin in the bell-tower wreaks havoc on the village of San Cordelio de Cocoytl.With lush, elegant prose, Blum performs an unflinching psychological autopsy on her twisted cast of characters, and offers a surreal yet plausible vision of life in the villages and port towns of her homeland. Appearing in English for the first time, The Curse of Eve illuminates the vagaries of marriage, motherhood and morality, and perfectly encapsulates the many small ways in which we make sense of our daily lives.
  

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REVIEW BY JOSELLE VANDERHOOFT, for ThePedestalMagazine.com In his watershed book Walden, Henry David Thoreau wrote, "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." In The Curse of Eve and Other ... Read full review

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Better Halves
26
Requiem for a Cherub
42
A Perfect Day for Canned Tuna
55
Fish without a Bicycle
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Periquita Shoes
88
Three Frosted Owls 702
102
A Model Kit 722
122
A Sip of Light
135
Lazarus 757
151
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Liliana V. Blum was born in Durango, Mexico, in 1974, and has lived in Tampico, in the state of Tamaulipas, since 1997. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Kansas and a Master's degree in Education from the Instituto Tecnolgico de Monterrey. She is the author of the short story collections La maldicin de Eva (Voces de Barlovento, Tampico, 2002) and Vidas de catlogo (CONACULTA/Fondo Editorial Tierra Adentro, 2007), and co-edited the collection Perros de agua: nuevas voces del Sur de Tamaulipas (Miguel ngel Porra/Ayuntamiento de Tampico, 2007) with Sara Uribe. Her stories have appeared in various literary journals and anthologies, including El crimen como una de las bellas artes? (ICOCULT/Miguel ngel Porra, 2002) and Atrapadas en la madre (Alfaguara, 2007). She is the recipient of the literary awards Premio Nacional de Cuento Mrida Beatriz Espejo (2005), Concurso Regional de Literatura Juan B. Tijerina (2006) and Premio Escribiendo sobre el Conflicto (2008). Blum is currently working on her first novel.

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