Go and Come Back
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Go and Come Back

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When the two old white ladies come to live in the Peruvian jungle village of Poincushmana, everyone makes a fuss--everyone but Alicia, who is baffled by the reaction of her tribe, the Isabo. But as the days pass, she too is drawn in--because the ladies (who are really in their twenties, and anthropologists) are stingy, stupid, and fun to watch. They don't understand the Isabo. Someone needs to set them straight. And that someone, surprisingly, is Alicia.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 177 pages
  • 112 x 180 x 15mm | 113g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0141306947
  • 9780141306940
  • 100,799

Back cover copy

You live in the Peruvian jungle. The only people you know are your fellow villagers. And then, one day, two strangers arrive....

Late one day, just before dinnertime in the Peruvian jungle village of Poincushmana, two old white ladies from New York arrive in a boat. Everyone hurries down to the riverbank to greet them -- everyone but Alicia. She doesn't understand why the rest of her tribe, the Isabo, are making such a fuss. But as the days pass, she too is drawn in -- because the old ladies (who are really in their twenties and anthropologists) are stingy, stupid, and fun to watch. They don't understand the Isabo. Someone needs to set them straight. And that someone, surprisingly enough, is Alicia.
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Review quote

"Introduces readers to a sparkling world hidden deep within the Amazonian jungle of Peru.... Abelove seamlessly constructs a culture that may feel more real to readers than their own".

-- Publishers Weekly, starred review
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About Joan Abelove

Joan Abelove lived in the Amazon jungle for two years, with people much like those portrayed in her book, Go and Come Back. She lives in New York City.
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Rating details

373 ratings
3.56 out of 5 stars
5 21% (78)
4 30% (113)
3 35% (130)
2 12% (44)
1 2% (8)
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