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Lima nights : a novel
Marie Arana
Adult Fiction ARANA

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Set in Peru's capital city, this spare, unsentimental novel examines the far-reaching and life-changing consequences of sexual obsession. Carlos Bluhm, a married father of two, is enjoying an outing at a sleazy club in 1986 when he meets 15-year-old Juana Maria Fernandez, a dancer working two jobs and living in the slums. Maria is the polar opposite of Carlos's Germanic wife, Sophie, and he is immediately captivated by her. After Carlos takes Maria away for an illicit vacation, Sophie discovers her husband's affair and moves her sons, her mother-in-law and all of the house's possessions while Bluhm is on vacation with his mistress, leaving Bluhm to come home to an empty house. The second half of the book flashes forward 20 years, revealing Carlos and Maria uneasily living together and beginning to drift apart. Trying to preserve the lifestyle she's come to depend upon, Maria makes desperate attempts to keep Carlos under her spell. While the story ends with a whimper, the finely tuned human drama and subversion of the happily-ever-after drive home the setup's inherent sadness. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Carlos Bluhm leads an elegant, throwaway sort of life in upper-class Lima--until he meets a 16-year-old tango dancer on the wrong side of town. With a reading group guide. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Carlos Bluhm
Male
Divorced
Father of two; had an affair with Maria; wife left him; living with Maria.

Maria Fernandez
Female
Peruvian
Lived in the slums; worked two jobs until she met Carlos; had an affair with Carlos while he was still married; desperate to keep Carlos in her life.
Dancer

Sophie
Female
Divorced
Mother of two; Carlos's ex-wife; discovered Carlos's affair; moved her sons, her mother-in-law and herself out of the house while Carlos was on vacation with Maria.



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