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Lima nights : a novel
Marie Arana
Adult Fiction ARANA

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Summary: From a National Book Award finalist--for her memoirAmerican Chica--and the author of the acclaimed novelCellophanecomes this spare, powerful story of sexual obsession and its consequences. Carlos Bluhm leads the good life in upper-class Lima: he attends social functions with his elegant wife, goes out drinking with his three best friends, has the occasional, fleeting assignation. . . . Until he meets Maria Fernandez, a dancer at a tango bar in a rough part of town. The beautiful sixteen-year-old intoxicates him. An indigenous dark-skinned Peruvian, she represents everything his safe white world does not, and soon he can't get her out of his mind. They begin a passionate affair, one that will destroy his marriage and shatter the only reality he's ever known. Flash forward twenty years: against all odds, Carlos and Maria have remained together. But when Maria finally presses for a formal commitment, feelings long suppressed erupt in a tense endgame that sends both of them hurtling toward a dangerous resolution that will forever alter their lives. Brilliantly realized, erotic, unsentimental,Lima Nightsis a unique love story and a stunning work of fiction that will reverberate long after its final page. From the Hardcover edition.

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

Maria Fernandez
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.

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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