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Signed by the author on the title page and inscribed to 'Paz' Octavo, 9 1/2" tall, 445 pages, maroon quarter-cloth. A very good, generally clean, neat hard cover first edition with little shelf wear but a slight dampstain at the bottom exterior edge of spine; hinges and binding tight, paper cream white with slight soiling to the bottom fore-edge. In a very good lightly worn dust jacket, with a small surface dampstain at the bottom spine edge and with the original price present.
Bitter Grounds depicts the luxurious lives of the wealthy in Salvadoran society through the Contreras family, owners of a coffee plantation. Elena de Contreras travels to Europe with her daughter to select wardrobes, spends idle time at luncheons and teas with society friends, and supports her daughter in opening an expensive gift shop in town. Yet when betrayal rocks Elena's protected and pampered world, she reveals an iron will no one had glimpsed in her before. Their lives are a stark contrast to the lives of the coffee pickers, who must live a hard-scrabble existence in close proximity to the privileged elite.Jacinta Prieto comes from such a background, and as housekeeper to the Contreras family, is privy to their innermost secrets. Jacinta has secrets of her own, including a love affair with a married man whose identity she risks all to conceal. By interweaving the stories of these women, Benitez draws dramatic differences and surprising parallels in their worlds, evoking their passions and revealing their hatred with amazing empathy.
Title: Bitter Grounds
Edition: First edition, first printing
ISBN Number: 0786861576
Location Published: Hyperion; NY: 1997
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Very good
Seller ID: 62811