I had the opportunity to read an earlier version of this family saga last year, and I enjoyed it so much that I requested and read a copy from NetGalley this month.
From the Goodreads description:
Set in the semi-arid backlands of northeastern Brazil and spanning one century and three generations, this family saga is a complex psychological portrait of family life, intertwined with Brazil’s history from the birth of the republic to the end of the military dictatorship in 1989.
I didn’t know a lot about this time period in Brazilian history, but the author does a great job laying out the national political situation alongside the family’s story. The family itself is populated by colorful and interesting characters: patriarch Ezra made me crazy, but I couldn’t help but like him. I adored Helena and Lara—both are strong female characters doing what they must in their own times—and loved Ezra Neto. Esra Duarte is a perfect villain… when a character can actually make me angry, the author has their job.
This book is well written, informative and entertaining, with a touch of magical realism courtesy of some enlightening dream sequences. Beautiful photographs throughout the book, along with helpful maps, glossaries, and character lists, make this an enjoyable and informative read. Highly recommend for anyone who enjoys Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Isabel Allende, or historical family sagas. The book will be available in September!
Thanks very much to Izai Amorim and to NetGalley for my early copies in exchange for an honest review.