The House on the Lagoon

The House on the Lagoon

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
Caught up in his wife's efforts to write a novel about the history of their families, Quinti+a7n Mendizabal sparks a heated rivalry between Isabel and himself when they have different perspectives on the same story.

Blackwell North Amer
The House on the Lagoon is the story of Quintin Mendizabal and his wife, Isabel Monfort. Isabel, a fledgling novelist, is writing a multigenerational novel about the history of their families, of Spanish and Corsican origins, and their arrival in Puerto Rico. Her ambition is great, but her sense of history comically weak. When Quintin, who happens to be a historian, finds her manuscript, he begins to write alternate chapters expressing his own point of view.
Isabel colorfully weaves a tapestry of life among the ruling classes of Puerto Rico, with their passionate debates about independence, statehood, racism; their links to Spain and Europe; and their ambivalence toward the United States. But as she draws a self-portrait of her marriage as well, it becomes clear that her relationship with her husband is far from picture-perfect. Quintin becomes incensed at Isabel's version of events, at her audacity in writing a book, and an autobiographical one at that. And Isabel, in her struggle to forge a new identity and free herself from her coercive marriage and the constraints of the culture, precipitates a conflagration that threatens to consume the entire family.

Baker
& Taylor

Caught up in his wife's efforts to write a novel about the history of their families, Quintin Mendizabal sparks a heated rivalry between Isabel and himself when they have different perspectives on the same story

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1995.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374173111
0374173117
Branch Call Number: FER
Characteristics: 407 p. ; 24 cm.

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