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The Zigzag Way by Anita Desai
The Zigzag Way tells three different interweaving narratives. Eric is a bored and awkward American writer who accompanies his girlfriend to Mexico and becomes entranced by the country and its history. He goes in search of his family history there, traveling to a ghost mining town where his grandfather and other Cornish men worked before the emergence of Pancho Villa and his revolution. The second section revolves around Queen of the Sierra, Dona Vera, widow of a mining baron and with a dubious European past of her own. The final section is the story of Eric's grandmother and her trip to Mexico to be with her fiancé. On the feast Day of the Dead, all three story threads come together, forcing Eric to confront both his past and present. Anita Desai's novel has received mixed reviews with Scotland on Sunday saying, "Though the book as a whole represents only a tourist's-eye view of the country, glimpsed while passing through, it does have some beautiful postcard images."
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