Stones for Ibarra

Stones for Ibarra

Book - 1984
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Winner of the National Book Award for First Work of Fiction

"A very good novel indeed, with echoes of Gabriel Garc#65533;a M#65533;rquez, Katherine Anne Porter, and even Graham Greene."-- The New York Times

Richard and Sara Everton, just over and just under forty, have come to the small Mexican village of Ibarra to reopen a copper mine abandoned by Richard's grandfather fifty years before. They have mortgaged, sold, borrowed, left friends and country, to settle in this remote spot; their plan is to live out their lives here, connected to the place and to each other.

The two Americans, the only foreigners in Ibarra, live among people who both respect and misunderstand them. And gradually the villagers--at first enigmas to the Evertons--come to teach them much about life and the relentless tide of fate.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1984.
ISBN: 9780140075625
Characteristics: 214 p. ; 20 cm.


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Dec 29, 2017

I can't imagine why this book has only 3 stars. It's lovely and beautifully written (and happens to be one of my favorite, all-time works of literary fiction). And to think this was HD's debut novel that was published at the age of 74!

Dec 27, 2015

Read this years ago, always had a soft spot for this story. I felt it was a gentle story in a harsh world. Wish it came in Large Type.

Jan 08, 2014

Harriet Doerr wrote this, her first novel, at the age of about 70. Reading it is like drinking very cool, clean water on a hot summer day. It is one of my top five books of fiction. Definitely worth your time!


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