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ONE OF SAMANTHA WOOD'S earliest childhood memories is of her grandfather giving her a wobbly rubber map of Mexico that pulled apart like a jigsaw puzzle. He told her of the nomadic Culua-Mexica, who built a great empire in the valley of Mexico and became known as the Aztecs. Suddenly, the wanderers were a people with a new identity, a home...

Like her ancestors, Samantha
Published 2003 by Bantam Books
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Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Maybe because I enjoy reading books where the characters try to find their identities, or maybe because I was desperately in need of a break to some faraway places. This book caught my interest and had me glued. The first few pages were interesting but I wondered if I would be reading a whole book of complains and discomfort about Mexico. I almost put down the book. Glad I didn't because subsequently the writer described a more positive, exploratory immersion into the Mexican culture, which was ...more
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fun account of an Australian / Mexican from Melbourne discovering her roots and learning her mother tongue in Mexico
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Samantha Wood is the author of the memoir, Culua: My Other Life in Mexico, which was published in 2003. The Bay of Shadows, her first novel, was published in December 2016 and was inspired by the beach town where she grew up. Her follow-up novel, Under Ten Thousand stars, a love story set in wine country, was released in May 2019.

She began her writing career with a travel piece for the Qantas

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