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El azul de la Virgen (The Virgin Blue) [Paperback]

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Item description for El azul de la Virgen (The Virgin Blue) by Tracy Chevalier...

Author of Girl with a Pearl Earring

Ella Turner and Isabelle du Moulin - two women born centuries apart, yet bound by a fateful family legacy. Ella and her husband move to France, but Village life turns out to be less idyllic than she expected, however, a peculiar dream of the color blue propels her on a quest to uncover her family's French ancestry. As the novel unfolds -- between the two women four hundred years apart - a common thread emerges that unexpectedly links them. This novel full of passion and intrigue compels readers to the very last page.

Description in Spanish: La historia de dos mujeres extraordinarias unidas a travs del tiempo. La joven Isabelle du Moulin vive fascinada por el profundo color azul de la hornacina de la Virgen en la iglesia del pueblo. Son malos tiempos para admirar un icono catlico: en la Francia del siglo XVI, el protestantismo libra una lucha feroz contra la vieja religin romana... Un da, mientras la observa extasiada, el reflejo del sol le vuelve sbitamente el cabello rojo. No puede saber entonces de qu modo esos dos colores, el rojo de su pelo y el azul de la Virgen, marcarn su vida. Cuatrocientos aos ms tarde, Ella Turner llega al mismo pueblo. Guiada por unos extraos sueos y con la ayuda del bibliotecario, buscar el rastro del pasado hasta desentraar el secreto familiar que ha permanecido escondido durante siglos.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   360
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.32" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.94"
Weight:   0.98 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 22, 2003
Publisher   Alfaguara
ISBN  8420400246  
ISBN13  9788420400242  

Availability  0 units.

More About Tracy Chevalier

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! "I was born and grew up in Washington, DC. After getting a BA in English from Oberlin College (Ohio), I moved to London, England in 1984. I intended to stay 6 months; I m still here.

"As a kid I d often said I wanted to be a writer because I loved books and wanted to be associated with them. I wrote the odd story in high school, but it was only in my twenties that I started writing real stories, at night and on weekends. Sometimes I wrote a story in a couple evenings; other times it took me a whole year to complete one.

"Once I took a night class in creative writing, and a story I d written for it was published in a London-based magazine called Fiction. I was thrilled, even though the magazine folded 4 months later.

I worked as a reference book editor for several years until 1993 when I left my job and did a year-long MA in creative writing at the University of East Anglia in Norwich (England). My tutors were the English novelists Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. For the first time in my life I was expected to write every day, and I found I liked it. I also finally had an idea I considered big enough to fill a novel. I began The Virgin Blue during that year, and continued it once the course was over, juggling writing with freelance editing.

"An agent is essential to getting published. I found my agent Jonny Geller through dumb luck and good timing. A friend from the MA course had just signed on with him and I sent my manuscript of The Virgin Blue mentioning my friend s name. Jonny was just starting as an agent and needed me as much as I needed him. Since then he s become a highly respected agent in the UK and I ve gone along for the ride."
Tracy Chevalier is the New York Times bestselling author of six previous novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has been translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film. Her latest novel is The Last Runaway. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., she lives in London with her husband and son.


Tracy Chevalier currently resides in London.

Tracy Chevalier has published or released items in the following series...
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UN LIBRO DIVINO...  Aug 16, 2004
This is the Spanish text edition of a beautifully written debut novel. Exquisite in its imagery and clarity of language, the author tells two parallel tales. One takes place in sixteenth century France, during the Protestant reformation and religious persecution of the Huguenots (Protestants). The other takes place in present day France. There are historical ties that bind these two stories, as well as a haunting familial legacy that reaches out across time to makes itself felt in the present.

The sixteenth century tale is based around a young woman, Isabelle du Moulin, who marries a boorish lout named Etienne Tournier, the oldest son of one of the more prominent families in their provincial town in France. She is a young woman upon whom the Virgin Mary made a great impression, when she was but a girl. The Tourniers, however, are believers of the new, harsh, Calvinist faith, and so Isabelle must also fully subscribe to it, if she is to survive in her husbands family and in the town in which she lives. When the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre occurs, in which Huguenots are slain without mercy throughout all of France, Isabelle is forced to flee to safety with what remains of her husband's family. Unhappy in her marriage, she goes on to have an event occur in her life that is so tragic that her pain and sorrow is made palpable in the present, touching one of her ancestors, Ella Turner.

Of course, the parallel tale focuses around Ella Turner, a young, married American woman, who moves to France with her husband Rick, in order to advance his career. Ella agrees to the move, because it will take her to the region in France from which she knows her family originated. Once in France, Emma has some difficulty acclimating to life in the small provincial town to which they have moved, as well as to its denizens. Ella also finds herself having inexplicable nightmares and begins to feel herself somewhat alienated from her husband. To occupy her time, she begins a quest to discover more about her French ancestry. As Ella's story unfolds, alternating with the parallel story of Isabelle, commonalities between the past and present begin to emerge. These parallel stories then converge in a stunning denouement to resolve a tragedy of the past in the present.

The author combines historical fiction, suspense, romance, and touch of the supernatural all in one beautifully realized novel. The author writes with the heart of a poet and the soul of a great storyteller, one whose prose is delicately nuanced as she weaves gossamer threads of a tale well told. This is simply a superlative and stunning debut novel that will keep the reader turning its pages until the very last. Bravo!


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