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The wind from the east : a novel
Almudena Grandes
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Summary: Internationally celebrated author Almudena Grandes has produced her finest work yet with The Wind from the East, a blend of two narratives set alternately in Madrid and an Andalusian town by the sea. Sara Gómes Morales,given up at birth to be raised by her wealthy godmother,is betrayed on her sixteenth birthday when she is forced to leave her godmother's home and return to live in poverty with her estranged parents. Tortured by resentment and the loneliness of belonging to neither place,she finds solace as an adult only when she moves to the coastal town. Parallel to Sara's story is the story of Juan and Damian Olmedo, brothers in love with the same woman. One night an argument incited by jealousy leads Damian to stumble down a flight ofstairs and fall to his death. Suspected ofmurdering his younger brother, Juan flees to the same village that served as Sara's escape. Deftly engaging, The Wind from the Eastis an epic tale of love and redemption. Almudena Grandes' writing has been compared to the work of classic and contemporary voices such as the Brontë sisters and Isabel Allende.

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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.
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