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The year is l854. In Paris, Francisco Solano -- the future dictator of Paraguay -- begins his courtship of the young, beautiful Irish courtesan Ella Lynch with a poncho, a Paraguayan band, and ahorse named Mathilde. Ella follows Franco to Asunción and reigns there as his mistress. Isolated and estranged in this new world, she embraces her lover's ill-fated imperial dream -- one fueled by a heedless arrogance that will devastate all of Paraguay.
With the urgency of the narrative, rich and intimate detail, and a wealth of skillfully layered characters, The News from Paraguay recalls the epic novels of Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa.
“Tuck’s prose is elegant, the subject well researched.”
-New York Times Book Review
“Compelling…the stuff that good fiction is made of: complex characters and an intricate narrative.”
“The perfect setting for Tuck’s dark wit.”
-The New Yorker
“The episodic style achieves many lovely moments…images are so vivid you can almost smell them.”
-Washington Post Book World
“THE NEWS FROM PARAGUAY captures the physical beauty of an exotic land in Tuck’s characteristically exact, evocative prose.”
“Elegant …the author’s research is impressive … a rich and rewarding read.”
“Impressively researched, lushly written… a splendid realization if its rich subject and Tuck’s best so far.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred)
“A gripping read.”
“Decorous detail and vivid imagery.”
-Los Angeles Times
“Vivid, intriguing . . . Tuck brings to life the lush, sensual, and brutal world of 19th-century Paraguay.”
“Reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez ... Tuck brings characters fully to life.”
-Cleveland Plain Dealer