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The wind from the east : a novel
Almudena Grandes
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Sara Gomez Morales, 53, moves from Madrid to an Andalusian resort town to buy a house on a beach and do nothing. Her new neighbors include Juan Olmedo, a 40-year-old orthopedic surgeon fleeing Madrid for his own reasons. Flashbacks, which abound from early on, reveal that Sara was born poor in Madrid, but was raised by her rich godmother. As a young woman, Sara falls in love with and becomes pregnant by the married Vicente Gonzalez de Sandoval, a wealthy socialist, but she loses the child, and refuses to marry him when he divorces his wife. Years later, he helps her defraud her godmother of millions. Meanwhile, Juan's flashbacks center on his obsessive love for his deceased sister-in-law, Charo, and his sibling rivalry with his deceased brother, Damian. In the present, there's Maribel, the poorly educated cleaning woman both Sara and Juan look down upon (even as she becomes Sara's friend and Juan's lover), as well as Juan's 10-year-old niece, Tamara, and profoundly retarded brother, Alfonso. Grandes (The Ages of Lul#) sets it all up fascinatingly, but Sara's past seems disconnected from who she is today, and sloppy writing (or translation) obscures the rest. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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main characters Sara Gomez Morales
Age: 53
Buys a house on the beach; born into poverty in Madrid; raised by her rich grandmother; forced to return to her poverty-stricken life at the age of 16; fell in love with a married man; had a miscarriage; longing to belong somewhere.

Juan Olmedo
Age: 40
Orthopedic surgeon; Sara's neighbor; was in love with his brother's wife; brother died during an altercation with Juan; suspected of murdering his brother; fled Madrid.

Poorly educated; Sara's friend; Juan's lover.
Cleaning lady

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