A Land Without Sin: A Novel Paula Huston


Published: August 29th 2013

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314 pages


A Land Without Sin: A Novel  by  Paula Huston

A Land Without Sin: A Novel by Paula Huston
August 29th 2013 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 314 pages | ISBN: | 9.14 Mb

As revolutionary forces gather in the Lacandon jungle of southern Mexico in the fall of 1993, an idealistic American priest vanishes from his post in San Cristóbal de Las Casas. The Church, immersed in trying to negotiate a peaceful solution to the escalating conflict between wealthy landowners and poverty-stricken indigenas, remains strangely silent in the face of his disappearance.

When his sister, Eva, only thirty-four but already a hardened battlefield photojournalist, finds out whats going on, she flies to Central America to find him, taking a job assisting a taciturn Dutch Mayanist in order to provide herself with a cover. But as it turns out, he, too, is on a secret quest.

From the great pyramids of Tikal and the graceful palaces of Palenque to the shadowy guerrilla camps of the vast Lacandon, A Land Without Sin is a modern-day journey into the heart of darkness.One of Publishers Weeklys Best Summer Books 2013In A Land Without Sin Paula Huston has written a novel thats wise and wry, tragic and tender, and altogether thrilling.

Both moved and enthralled, I couldnt stop reading.--Robert ClarkAuthor of In the Deep Midwinter and Love Among the RuinsHuston treads where few writers dare, jumping fearlessly into the roiling cauldron of factious Central American politics, class, culture, and religions. No doubt it would have been easier to write a mere gloss, a panoramic report describing the horror of war, revolution, grinding poverty, and the inevitable human carnage.

However, the lens through which Huston sees penetrates far deeper than a perusal of these surface wounds to examine the limits of family loyalty, faith, and the causes and cure of hatred. A Land Without Sin is a compelling narrative that leaves me both haunted and hungry for more.--Gina OchsnerAuthor of People I Wanted to Be and The Russian Dreambook of Color and FlightWith some of the sheer excitement of H.

Rider Haggards King Solomons Mines and the depth of soulful inquiry of Graham Greenes The Power and the Glory, Paula Hustons A Land Without Sin is a savvy look at the violent struggles in southern Mexico over the last quarter century and a vivid perspective on the hopes and perils of liberation theology. It is a poignant and splendid book.--Ron HansenAuthor of Mariette in Ecstasy and AtticusPaula Huston is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Daughters of Song, plus six works of creative nonfiction.

Her essays and short fiction have been honored by Best American Short Stories, The Best Spiritual Writing, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She currently teaches in Seattle Pacific Universitys MFA in Creative Writing program.

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