Character List

Ultima (“la Grande”) The elderly “folk healer” who comes to live with the Marez family. She has been a midwife to many women in the area and is sought for assistance by those who believe they have been cursed. She mentors Antonio during her final years. Maria Luna y Marez […]

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Book Summary

Antonio is nearly at the point of starting religious study for his first holy communion and is becoming concerned with good and evil in the world. Early in the novel, he witnesses the killing of Lupito, a war veteran, and fears that his father may be punished by God for […]

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