Kissing The Virgin's Mouth

Kissing The Virgin's Mouth

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Kissing The Virgin's Mouth is the fictional memoir of Guadalupe Magdalena Molina Vasquez - wife, scoundrel, courtesan and mother. In a world where gender and class roles are rigid, and religion predominant, Magda refuses to be a victim. She creates a philosophy of life that she can thrive in, a religion of cynical optimism, pragmatism, and determined gratitude. Seemingly invincible yet always fallible, Magda climbs from wide-eyed childhood to worldly courtesan life, from youth to the early onset of blindness in middle age. In the Golden Zone of Teatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, where tourists and wealthy Mexicans thrive and where poor Mexicans come only to work or visit the shrine of the miracle baby Jesus, Guadalupe Magdalena Molina Vasquez performs her daily ritual. In the chair of her beloved Tia Chucha mortared to the roof of her Golden Zone home, Magda shaves her long legs, tells her life stories, and thrusts her fierce prayers of gratitude toward the Sea of Cortes. She recounts her life strategies - seasoned with an earthy, hard-earned wisdom - so that she might pass them along to her half-American daughter, Martina, and to her young Mexican cousin, Isabel. Kissing the Virgin's Mouth is a novel about love, the power of sex, and the struggles of women. It is about the secrets of survival. It is about what woman can do.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 15mm | 198g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0552999784
  • 9780552999786
  • 1,198,719

About Donna Gershten

Donna Gershten was born in Rocky Mountain, North Carolina, and later lived for some years in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico where she ran a fitness and community centre. She returned to the United States, received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, and began to publish short stories in literary journals. Gershten now divides her time between Denver and a ranchito in southern Colorado. Kissing the Virgin's Mouth is her first novel.show more

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