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On the humid pampas of Brazil, the hardworking Fonte family leaves their home when the military takes over the local mine. Uprooted to Porto Alere, father Antonio struggles in the crowded city, while Pablo, the oldest son, gets swept into the resistance movement. With Pablo's disappearance, Rose, their mother, holds the family close, defying the unthinkable, while Luca, th ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Outpost19 (first published February 1st 2016)
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Virgowriter (Brad Windhauser)
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A timely story that looks at political upheaval in 1960s Brazil. Character-driven, with a rotating point of view. You really feel Luca, the protagonist with whom we spend the most time, wrestling with the impact political resistance has on the individual and those closest to those who put their ideals above their own lives. Interesting read and focused prose.
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Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Marble Army by Giselle Firmino is a novel about family, loss, and redemption. Set in Brazil during the Fifth Brazilian Republic—a military dictatorship—the narrative roughly spans the years of its rule, from the 1964 coup d'état that marked its inception to the massive Diretas Já demonstrations in 1984 that led to the first democratic elections in over twenty years.

The relationship between brothers Luca and Pablo Fonte occupies the center of the book. Luca, the younger brother, narrates, u
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Jacqueline
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gisele Firmino writes well, she uses few words to depicts complicated scenes; her metaphors are excellent. It is easy to get into the character.
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Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A book hardly ever brings me to tears. The Marble Army has done it for me. Incredibly moving story. Beautiful prose. A must read!
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Gisele Firmino earned a BA from Pepperdine University and an MFA in Fiction from Queens University of Charlotte. Born and raised in the south of Brazil, Gisele's writing has appeared in such journals as Necessary Fiction, Expressionists and Rose & Thorn. She is the MFA Program Coordinator at Queens University of Charlotte.
The Marble Army is her first novel.
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