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- DescriptionRosea spoke, her voice steady. I was in jail a long time, you kw. I m paying for my sins. Now I live in a dingy apartment. I get to watch my neighbors? kids play and have a rmal life that Ill never have. I smell their barbecues. I m already in hell, believe me.? Joe turned to go back to the car. ?You don t kw what hell is. You have idea.? When Jose Francisco Verguerio Silva arrives at LAX, fleeing the brutal dictatorship in his native Brazil, he is determined to become Americanized at all costs. He lands a job driving a Hollywood tour bus and posing as Ricky Ricardo. He marries a blonde waitress and becomes the father of twins. Yet happiness remains elusive for Joe as he is haunted by flashbacks of prison torture. And soon a torrid affair with Rosea Socorro Katz, the crazed daughter of Hollywood's Brazilian star Carmen Socorro, proves to be even more dangerous than the life he has fled. Rosea spent her childhood watching her mother unravel as the celebrity system toyed with and eventually destroyed her career. Carmen had always claimed to be descended from Amazons, the woman warriors of legend, but she was tamed by Hollywood. Not Rosea. She has just finished serving jail time for setting fire to the home of her ex-husband?in an attempt to destroy his collection of Brazilian artifacts, nd sets out to salvage her life. Along the way, she manages to tear down the lives of everyone she meets. The Brazil of the imagination is shattered in this vel of two tortured souls wrestling with the myths of movies, politics, and the American Dream. Laced with fantastic tales of bird-boys and cannibal rituals, it spins a compelling story of desperation as it reminds us that American freedom and the myth of unbridled opportunity can also consume and destroy.
- Author BiographyKathleen de Azevedo was born in Rio de Janeiro but has lived much of her life in the United States. Her writing has appeared in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Michigan Quarterly Review, Boston Review, Hayden s Ferry Review, Greensboro Review, and Americas, and she has been a frequent contributor to Brazzil magazine. She currently lives in San Francisco and teaches at Skyline College.
- Author(s)Kathleen de Azevedo
- PublisherUniversity of Arizona Press
- Date of Publication15/03/2006
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationTucson
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Arizona Press
- Weight456 g
- Width154 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine19 mm
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