The Seamstress: A Novel

Paperback | October 27, 2016

byFrances De P Peebles

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Winner of the Friends of American Writers Award for Fiction

As seamstresses, the young sisters Emília and Luzia dos Santos know how to cut, mend, and conceal—useful skills in the lawless backcountry of Brazil, where ruthless land barons feud with bands of outlaw cangaceiros, trapping innocent residents in the crossfire. Emília, a naive romantic, dreams of falling in love with a gentleman and escaping to a big city. Quick-tempered Luzia also longs for escape, finding it in her craft and secret prayers to the saints she believes once saved her life. But when Luzia is abducted by cangaceiros led by the infamous Hawk and Emília stumbles into a marriage with the son of a wealthy and politically powerful doctor, the sisters' quiet lives diverge in ways they never would have imagined.

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Winner of the Friends of American Writers Award for FictionAs seamstresses, the young sisters Emília and Luzia dos Santos know how to cut, mend, and conceal—useful skills in the lawless backcountry of Brazil, where ruthless land barons feud with bands of outlaw cangaceiros, trapping innocent residents in the crossfire. Emília, a naive ...

Frances de Pontes Peebles's short stories have appeared inIndiana Review,Zoetrope: All-Story, and the collectionO.Henry Prize Stories, 2005. Born in Pernambuco, Brazil, she is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She divides her time between Brazil and Miami.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:656 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.05 inPublished:October 27, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006073888X

ISBN - 13:9780060738884

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from This read was one of my favorites in a long time! Both well-written and poignant, it captivated me. It's not a light read or for the sensitive soul, but it's worth checking out if you enjoy historical fiction.
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“THE SEAMSTRESS is a gripping portrait of the lives of two sisters caught in the political unbalance of a country at a crossroads. Bittersweet, beautifully written, this sweeping saga is as impossible to put down as it is to forget.”