MY HEART LIES SOUTH by Elizabeth de Trevino

MY HEART LIES SOUTH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Provincial Mexican life becomes an entertaining affair when seen by an American who married into it and her encounters with ""Que van a decir la gente?"" prove to be confusing and often comic. For Luis, who was her escort to Monterrey, courted her without her knowledge and their marriage in California proved to be illegal which was barely remedied before their first child was born. There is Mamacita, ever a bulwark against the overwhelming complexities of a new culture; Papacito, gentle and understanding; and the great brood of relatives. The new and strange ways were at first rebelled against, later adjusted to; there were language difficulties and the family's avid curiosity about her childbearing; and, it follows, that the raising of the Little General was criticized openly. The fixed customs of courtship, death, marriage, the unwritten laws of proper behavior, battles with the Post Office and with the family when it came to giving a concert, the comfort of the Catholic saints-there's much of a warm understanding and love here that gives this a very nice slant on Latin-American relationships.

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 1953
Publisher: Crowell