As seamstresses, the young sisters Emilia and Luzia dos Santos
know how to cut, how to mend, and how to conceal. These are useful
skills in the lawless backcountry of Brazil, where ruthless land
barons called "colonels" feud with bands of outlaw cangaceiros,
trapping innocent residents in the cross fire.
Emilia, whose knowledge of the world comes from fashion
magazines and romance novels, dreams of falling in love with a
gentleman and escaping to a big city.
Luzia also longs to escape their little town, where residents
view her with suspicion and pity. Scarred by a childhood accident
that left her with a deformed arm, the quick-tempered Luzia finds
her escape in sewing and in secret prayers to the saints she
believes once saved her life.
But when Luzia is abducted by a group of cangaceiros led by the
infamous Hawk, the sisters' quiet lives diverge in ways they never
imagined. Emilia stumbles into marriage with Degas Coelho, the son
of a doctor whose wealth is rivaled only by his political
She moves to the sprawling seaside city of Recife, where the
glamour of her new life is soon overshadowed by heartache and
loneliness. Luzia, forced to trek through scrubland and endure a
nomadic existence, proves her determination to survive and begins
to see the cangaceiros as comrades, not criminals.
In Recife, Emilia must hide any connection to her increasingly
notorious sister. As she learns to navigate the treacherous waters
of Brazilian high society, Emilia sees the country split apart
after a bitter presidential election. Political feuds extend to the
countryside, where Luzia and the Hawk are forced to make unexpected
alliances and endure betrayals that threaten to break the
cangaceiros apart. But Luzia will overcome time and distance to
entrust her sister with a great secret--one Emilia vows to keep.
And when Luzia's life is threatened, Emilia will risk everything to
An enthralling novel of love and courage, loyalty and adventure,
that brings to life a faraway time and place, "The Seamstress" is
impeccably drawn, rich in depth and vision, and heralds the arrival
of a supremely talented new writer.
|Country of origin:
Peebles, Frances de Pontes
||Electronic book text
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