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Author Peebles, Frances de Pontes
Title The seamstress [ebook] : a novel / Frances de Pontes Peebles
Publisher Pymble, NSW ; New York : HarperCollins e-books, 2008
Tech Details Requires Adobe Reader 6.0 (file size: 3520 KB) or Mobipocket Reader (file size: 626 KB)
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Summary As seamstresses, the young sisters Emília 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. Emília, 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. Emília stumbles into marriage with Degas Coelho, the son of a doctor whose wealth is rivaled only by his political power. 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, Emília must hide any connection to her increasingly notorious sister. As she learns to navigate the treacherous waters of Brazilian high society, Emília 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 Emília vows to keep. And when Luzia's life is threatened, Emília will risk everything to save her
Subject Women dressmakers -- Brazil -- Fiction
Sisters -- Fiction
Vigilantes -- Brazil -- Fiction
Kidnapping victims -- Fiction
Women -- Brazil -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Fiction
Brazil -- History -- Revolution, 1930 -- Fiction
Brazil -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Fiction
Genre Adventure fiction.
Historical fiction.
Love stories.
Electronic books.
Subject Downloadable file
Alt Author OverDrive, Inc
ISBN 9780061716249 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)
0061716243 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)
9780061716256 (electronic bk. : Mobipocket Reader)
0061716251 (electronic bk. : Mobipocket Reader)

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