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Todos Santos by Deborah Clearman
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Sep 05, 2010

really liked it
Read from September 03 to 05, 2010

Children's book illustrator Catherine Barnes has just found out about her art professor husband's infidelities and her son has recently flunked out of eighth grade. To get away from her problems and gain perspective, she and her son venture to Guatemala, where her firm-but-fun sister-in-law Zelda lives.

Catherine figures her son Isaac will be fine staying with his aunt in Antigua for a few days while she goes to the village of Todos Santos with sexy native guide, Oswaldo, to paint. Somewhat predictably (but satisfying so), Catherine falls for her guide and sort of forgets to worry about Isaac. She also strikes up a friendship with a local innkeeper and her German husband, and incurs the wrath of an Evangelical-type priest who tells the villagers that they are about to be set upon by child-stealing devil-worshippers from abroad. Meanwhile, Isaac gets into trouble. Big trouble.

In this lyrical debut, Clearman uses her rich pallette to present a story of suspense, romance, Mayan mysticism and motherhood.

This is my kind of book.

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