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A True Story Based on Lies is a remarkable and original vel that addresses the universal issues of class discrimination, male oppression and female servitude through dual narratives ofspellbinding power. Set in contemporary Mexico, the book charts the consequences of a sexual relationship between Leora, a servant in the wealthy O'Conr home, and her master. When a child, Aura Olivia, is born from this union she is brought up as the daughter of the house. As the vel unfolds, the 'true' story gradually emerges.
Jennifer Clement is a poet, biographer and novelist. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies. She was part of the NYC art scene during the early eighties but she now lives in Mexico City. She was recently the recipient of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores, a grant awarded in Mexico for outstanding contributions to literature, whose previous recipients include Carlos Fuentes and Octavio Paz. She is also co-founder and director of the San Miguel Poetry Week.