Set in the early 70s in rural Virginia, The Silver Star narrates the adventures of Liz and Jean, two adolescent girls who leave California after their single and unreliable mother abandons them to actualize her dream of becoming a famous folk singer. Upon arriving in Virginia, Liz and Jean trace their roots to live with their reclusive uncle and seek normalcy by enrolling in school and working odd jobs. With their lives' gradual and positive progression in the small town comes legal trouble and rushed calls for growing up and learning the realities of being a woman in a patriarchal world. The sisters' experiences depict the strength of their family bonds as well as the power behind self-reliance and aggressive determination in spite of societal and adolescent struggles.
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ISBN: 9781451661545
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Published: Scribner - June 3rd, 2014

Written on the Island of Capri, the infamous get-away and exiled land for Neruda and his private lover, "Los versos del capitán" is a collection of the more discrete poems dedicated to Matilde Urrutía. Though written in the early 50s, these poems were not published for another decade, in an attempt to keep his affair from publicity. However, this collection and setting offered inspiration for the film, "Il Postino" ("The Postman"), in which a young mailman frequent visits Neruda on his route while slowly getting pulled into the controversies of the secret relationship during a politically problematic era.
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ISBN: 9780811218214
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Published: New Directions - February 25th, 2009

Based in La Isla Negra, one of Neruda's three properties, "Cien Sonetos de Amor" is the most well-known, publicized tribute to his lover, Matilde Urrutia. Urrutia and Neruda maintained a controversial affair during the later half of Neruda's career, during the rise of the Pinochet dictatorship. The lovers struggled to keep their affair under the public radar, yet this collection of poems serves as the primarily blatant declaration of affection towards Matilde, set in his home most known as a hideaway spot. Sonnet XCIV is typically known as the most widely discussed, as Urrutia frequently refers to this particular poem in her own memoir, "Mi vida junto a Pablo Neruda."
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By Pablo Neruda, Stephen Tapscott (Translator)
ISBN: 9780292756519
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Published: University of Texas Press - January 15th, 2014