Swift as Desire
By Laura Esquivel
Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780385721516, 208pp.
Publication Date: August 27, 2002
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The hero of this novel" "is Jubilo Chi, a telegraph operator who is born with the ability to hear people's true feelings and respond to their most intimate, unspoken desires. His life changes forever the day he falls deeply and irrevocably in love with Lucha, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy family. She believes money is necessary to insure happiness, while for Jubilo, who is poor, love and desire are more important than possessions. But their passion for each other enables them to build a happy life together -- until their idyll is shattered by a terrible event that drives them bitterly apart. Only years later, as Jubilo lies dying, is his daughter able to unravel the mystery behind her parents long estrangement and bring about a surprising reconciliation.
“Winsome. . . . It's impossible not to be moved.” –Elle
“Passionate, lyrical, and dramatic, this novel . . . reads smart and has a big heart.” –O Magazine
“Swift as Desire has many charms.” –The New York Times