"An amazing amount of life is packed into comparatively few pages in this swiftly paced, dizzingly amusing novel. It's just the sort of book you hope will become a movie. . . ."
Early Mourning ($13.95 paperback original; Jan. 1997; 144 pp.; 0-935480-84-6): A prizewinning Brazilian novel, whose author (A Bag of Stories, not reviewed; etc.) has been both actress and writer—and who in fact originally conceived this as a film script—fashions a multileveled portrayal of So Paulo society, high and low, using an ingenious premise: a robbery in a funeral home throws together in various combinations several otherwise unrelated mourners.
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