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The Ladies of Managua
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When Maria Vazquez returns to Nicaragua for her beloved grandfather's funeral, she brings with her a mysterious package from her grandmother's past-and a secret of her own. And she also carries the burden of her tense relationship with her mother Ninexin, once a storied revolutionary, now a tireless government employee. Between Maria and Ninexin lies a chasm created by the death of Maria's father, who was killed during the revolution when Maria was an infant, leaving her to be raised by her grandmother Isabela as Ninexin worked to build the new Nicaragua. As Ninexin tries to reach her daughter, and Maria wrestles with her expectations for her romance with an older man, Isabela, the mourning widow, is lost in memories of attending boarding school in 1950's New Orleans, where she loved and lost almost sixty years ago. When the three women come together to bid farewell to the man who anchored their family, they are forced to confront their complicated, passionate relationships with each other and with their country-and to reveal the secrets that each of them have worked to conceal. Lushly evocative of Nicaragua, its tumultuous history, and vibrant present, Eleni N. Gage's "The Ladies of Managua" brings you into the lives of three strong and magnetic women, as they uncover the ramifications of the choices they made in their pasts and begin to understand the ways in which love can shape their futures.
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About the Author

ELENI N. GAGE is a journalist who writes regularly for publications including Real Simple, Parade, Travel+Leisure, The New York Times, T: The New York Times Travel Magazine, Dwell, Elle, Elle Decor and The American Scholar. Currently Executive Editor at Martha Stewart Weddings and formerly beauty editor at People, Eleni graduated with an AB in Folklore and Mythology from Harvard University and an MFA from Columbia University. She lives in New York City with her husband and their young daughter.

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"In this richly imagined, heartfelt book, a Nicaraguan man's funeral brings together three generations of women at turning points in their lives...This is a complex, satisfying tale with wonderful characters, especially the lovable Isabela, who admonishes her girls to behave properly and cross their legs at the ankles, but in the end, follows her heart." 3/4 Julie Wu, ""author of" The Third Son""The three women at the center of Eleni Gage's new novel will stir readers with their fierce voices and independent spirits. Multigenerational and international in scope, this tale of love, betrayal, and nation-building is both intimate and confiding, soaring and passionate. A luscious read." --Diana Abu-Jaber is the author of "Crescent" and "Birds of Paradise""A work of fiction that is, at its core, very real, full of vivid descriptions of a country I know intimately. I recommend it highly." --Ernesto Cardenal, nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature "Eleni Gage vividly conveys the complexities of mother-daughter relationships, all the while exploring the tensions that emerge when national struggles disrupt the bonds of family. THE LADIES OF MANAGUA brings Nicaragua beautifully alive through the eyes of fierce and loyal women. Readers are going to fall hard for this book." --Chantel Acevedo, author of "The Distant Marvels" In this richly imagined, heartfelt book, a Nicaraguan man's funeral brings together three generations of women at turning points in their lives...This is a complex, satisfying tale with wonderful characters, especially the lovable Isabela, who admonishes her girls to behave properly and cross their legs at the ankles, but in the end, follows her heart.--Julie Wu, author of THE THIRD SON Full of heart and wisdom, this entertaining novel examines a troubled history through the lens of a complex family, and illuminates the lives of women in three distinct and memorable voices. Gage writes with great authority, refreshing humor and rich insight.--Christopher Castellani "Author of ALL THIS TALK OF LOVE " "This novel fairly begs to be filmed [...]Gage carefully explores the social demands placed on women and the repercussions of submitting to or defying them." --Kirkus"In Gage's (Other Waters) sweet, stately story, three generations of women reunite in Managua, Nicaragua, for a family funeral, where they reflect on their loves, losses, and what the future holds for each of them . . . a universal narrative of hurt and forgiveness." --Publishers Weekly"Readers will find themselves completely absorbed in this rich, multigenerational tale of love lost and reclaimed." --Booklist"This smart page-turner about love, family, and passion comes with a bonus: lush evocations of fascinating Nicaragua" --In Style"Eleni N. Gage, in her spellbinding The Ladies of Managua, looks at three generations of Nicaraguan women, reunited in their homeland." --Travel + Leisure"Get away with the three women in The Ladies of Managua . . . which transports you to Nicaragua and New Orleans." --Martha Stewart Living"Three generations . . . confront the tumultuous history of their country and their family in this vibrant story about radical acts of womanhood." --O Magazine"Eleni N. Gage has again combined a strong heroine and captivating setting in a winning novel." --Shelf Awareness"In this richly imagined, heartfelt book, a Nicaraguan man's funeral brings together three generations of women at turning points in their lives...This is a complex, satisfying tale with wonderful characters, especially the lovable Isabela, who admonishes her girls to behave properly and cross their legs at the ankles, but in the end, follows her heart." --Julie Wu, author of THE THIRD SON"The three women at the center of Eleni Gage's new novel will stir readers with their fierce voices and independent spirits. Multigenerational and international in scope, this tale of love, betrayal, and nation-building is both intimate and confiding, soaring and passionate. A luscious read." --Diana Abu-Jaber is the author of Crescent and Birds of Paradise"A work of fiction that is, at its core, very real, full of vivid descriptions of a country I know intimately. I recommend it highly." --Ernesto Cardenal, nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature"Eleni Gage vividly conveys the complexities of mother-daughter relationships, all the while exploring the tensions that emerge when national struggles disrupt the bonds of family. THE LADIES OF MANAGUA brings Nicaragua beautifully alive through the eyes of fierce and loyal women. Readers are going to fall hard for this book." --Chantel Acevedo, author of The Distant Marvels"Full of heart and wisdom, this entertaining novel examines a troubled history through the lens of a complex family, and illuminates the lives of women in three distinct and memorable voices. Gage writes with great authority, refreshing humor and rich insight." --Christopher Castellani, Author of ALL THIS TALK OF LOVE This novel fairly begs to be filmed [...]Gage carefully explores the social demands placed on women and the repercussions of submitting to or defying them. "Kirkus" In Gage's ("Other Waters") sweet, stately story, three generations of women reunite in Managua, Nicaragua, for a family funeral, where they reflect on their loves, losses, and what the future holds for each of them . . . a universal narrative of hurt and forgiveness. "Publishers Weekly" Readers will find themselves completely absorbed in this rich, multigenerational tale of love lost and reclaimed. "Booklist" This smart page-turner about love, family, and passion comes with a bonus: lush evocations of fascinating Nicaragua "In Style" Eleni N. Gage, in her spellbinding "The Ladies of Managua," looks at three generations of Nicaraguan women, reunited in their homeland. "Travel + Leisure" Get away with the three women in "The Ladies of Managua . . . "which transports you to Nicaragua and New Orleans. "Martha Stewart Living" Three generations . . . confront the tumultuous history of their country and their family in this vibrant story about radical acts of womanhood. "O Magazine" Eleni N. Gage has again combined a strong heroine and captivating setting in a winning novel. "Shelf Awareness" In this richly imagined, heartfelt book, a Nicaraguan man's funeral brings together three generations of women at turning points in their lives...This is a complex, satisfying tale with wonderful characters, especially the lovable Isabela, who admonishes her girls to behave properly and cross their legs at the ankles, but in the end, follows her heart. Julie Wu, author of THE THIRD SON The three women at the center of Eleni Gage's new novel will stir readers with their fierce voices and independent spirits. Multigenerational and international in scope, this tale of love, betrayal, and nation-building is both intimate and confiding, soaring and passionate. A luscious read. "Diana Abu-Jaber is the author of Crescent and Birds of Paradise" A work of fiction that is, at its core, very real, full of vivid descriptions of a country I know intimately. I recommend it highly. "Ernesto Cardenal, nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature" Eleni Gage vividly conveys the complexities of mother-daughter relationships, all the while exploring the tensions that emerge when national struggles disrupt the bonds of family. THE LADIES OF MANAGUA brings Nicaragua beautifully alive through the eyes of fierce and loyal women. Readers are going to fall hard for this book. "Chantel Acevedo, author of The Distant Marvels" Full of heart and wisdom, this entertaining novel examines a troubled history through the lens of a complex family, and illuminates the lives of women in three distinct and memorable voices. Gage writes with great authority, refreshing humor and rich insight. Christopher Castellani, "Author of ALL THIS TALK OF LOVE""

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