The River Beyond the World: A Novel

By Janet Peery

Luisa Cantu is a woman from a Sierra Madre mountain village. After being impregnated in a fertility ritual of historical ofigin, she leaves Mexico to paintings within the Rio Grande Valley of Texas as a housemaid for Mrs. Eddie Hatch, a lady with a powerful will and a slim worldview. Their complicated relationship-by turns mystical and pragmnatic, severe and comic-reveals the numerous methods humans can wound each other, the nautre of affection and sacrifice, and the potential for forgiveness.

The River past the realm is a 1996 nationwide e-book Award Finalist for Fiction.

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She waited, doubled over, her again to the wall, hoping the discomfort may lessen, however it appeared to pierce her from the interior out, a radiating wave of discomfort and pull, inflicting her breath—when she may possibly imagine to breathe—to are available ragged bursts. within the transparent areas through the discomfort whilst she may breathe and while her imaginative and prescient cleared, she was once conscious of a wetness among her legs, and he or she seemed down at her skirt. there has been not anything at the plaid textile, but if she enable her gaze shuttle to her toes she understood what the lady have been attempting to inform her: Down the interior of her leg, like an uncovered vein, ran a branching runnel. Her white shoe had stuck it and used to be now dappled with vivid new blood, the rust-red of older blood, drying. She used the T-shirt to wipe at her calf, then, ensuring there has been nobody to work out, she tucked the T-shirt less than her skirt, inside of her panties. She must hurry now, even quicker, and he or she couldn’t take the most highway yet must locate her approach in the course of the alleys to the river, alleys that have been changing into more and more shabby and scary, slightly greater than airborne dirt and dust paths that led via a maze of lean-to shelters and lumps of rubble. She attempted to recollect how the Mexican part had regarded from the bridge—there have been these teenagers enjoying within the tires. absolutely she may well locate that position and wade throughout. The river may wash away the blood. She started to stroll as quick as she may well, guarding her stomach along with her forearm. while she glided by the ramshackle constructions that covered the slim alleyway she seemed away, hurrying from the calls of a number of girls who regarded up from a washtub to beckon to her. Above the women’s heads stretched clotheslines strung with grayed laundry. prior to her within the airborne dirt and dust a unadorned child crawled, via a small lady who crooned and hovered like a mom chicken. Antonia side-stepped them, jerked away while the lady pulled at her skirt and requested for funds. a skinny white puppy got here out from less than a pile of packing crates to nostril on the child, then started to stick with Antonia, sniffing at her heels. She made her well past clothesline after clothesline, ropes strung from packing packing containers to tin sheds, reminding her of a superb internet. far and wide she seemed there have been indicators that folks lived during this maze of wooden and galvanized tin and outdated tires. She threaded her approach via, preventing just once to determine even if to show the nook the place the airborne dirt and dust direction appeared to department. while the puppy licked at her ankles she kicked at him. unexpectedly she used to be jogging uphill and the wooden and tin and clotheslines and tires looked as if it would fall away round her. The air was once someway lighter, and she or he knew she had reached the river. A tall mesh fence separated the shanty city from the riverbank past. round the base of a pole, shards of glass shone within the sun, glowing, brown and eco-friendly and blue. Windblown trash and paper littered the fence line. Low at the fence a person had made the layout of a celeb by way of stuffing paper cups into the mesh. And there, there on the backside of the slope made through the levee the place she stood, was once the river.

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