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The Invisible Mountain by Carolina De Robertis

April 20, 2011

Author: De Robertis, Carolina

Title: The Invisible Mountain

Genre: Latino/a

Publication Date: 2009

Number of Pages: 364 p.

Geographical Setting: Uruguay and Argentina

Time Period: Spans the 20th Century

Series: Not Applicable

Plot Summary: Three extraordinary women, grandmother, mother, and daughter, and their experiences span the 20th century. Pajarita, the Uruguayan miracle of 1900, Eva, her rebellious daughter with a traumatic past, and Salomé, the political rebel who cannot be contained during a political age. Pajarita endures a life of loneliness but filled with love for her children, especially her daughter Eva. Eva, whose traumatic childhood is disturbing and heart wrenching, yields way to a talented poet. Her daughter, Salomé, a political rebel, completes the lineage of women. Though plot-centered at times, this story is truly a tale of family, culture, and the bitter sweetness of life.

Subject Headings: Mothers and daughters, Fiction; Uruguay, Fiction; Miracles; Mothers and daughters; Family relationships; Survival; Motherhood; Daughters

Appeal: Engrossing, measured, engaging, well-developed, episodic, strong language, detailed setting, accurate, intimate, political, contemplative, dramatic, emotionally-charged, unpretentious, complex, frank, smart, vivid.

3 Terms that Best Describe this Book: Character-centered, bittersweet, lyrical.

Similar Fiction Authors and Works:

Amy Green’s Bloodroot: Literary, lyrical, interwoven; a similar style, but with more perspectives following an American family over generations.

Julia Alvarez’s Saving the World: Suspenseful, romantic, lyrical; a woman deals with disease in two time frames.

Jean M. Auel’s The Land of Painted Caves: Character-centered, strong sense of place, family relationships; a look at family relationships, but in a prehistoric setting.

Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Jung Chang’s Wild Swans: Heart wrenching, researched, unhurried; Chang’s family saga, including her grandmother, her mother, and herself in China.

Asuncion Lavrin’s Women, Feminism, and Social Change in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay: Detailed, thought-provoking, accurate; a comprehensive look at the first part of the 20th century.

Lucy Moore’s Maharanis: Detailed, progressive, character-centered; the following of four queens of India in a similar time frame.

Annotation by Carlen