Monday, November 28, 2011

The Queen of Water by Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango

Seven-year-old Virgina, is an indigenas living near the Andes Mountains in Ecuador. Taken from her home to be a servant to a mestizo family, her parents are to be paid for her services to the family. She leaves thinking she will be back for visits with her family, but soon finds out she won't be going anywhere.

Virginia quickly learns she will be the family's indentured servant and is told her parents don't want her. Throughout this time, Virginia stops wearing indigneous clothing and learns to speak Spanish. Soon her customs, her family and her home seem to fade from her memory. Will she dare to believe she could some day have a life outside of the mestizo family she serves?

The story, co-written by Maria Virginia Farinango is a fictionalized accounts of Farinango's childhood and adolescence. Moving and memorable, this is a look into a culture many of us can't relate to, but helps us to see beyond what we know. Highly recommended.


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