The River Beyond the World: A Novel

By Janet Peery

Luisa Cantu is a lady from a Sierra Madre mountain village. After being impregnated in a fertility ritual of old ofigin, she leaves Mexico to paintings within the Rio Grande Valley of Texas as a housemaid for Mrs. Eddie Hatch, a lady with a powerful will and a slender worldview. Their advanced relationship-by turns mystical and pragmnatic, critical and comic-reveals the numerous methods humans can wound each other, the nautre of affection and sacrifice, and the opportunity of forgiveness.

The River past the area is a 1996 nationwide e-book Award Finalist for Fiction.

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