The News from Paraguay (Paperback)

A Novel

By Lily Tuck

Harper Perennial, 9780060934866, 272pp.

Publication Date: November 30, 2004

List Price: 14.99*
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The year is l854. In Paris, Francisco Solano -- the future dictator of Paraguay -- begins his courtship of the young, beautiful Irish courtesan Ella Lynch with a poncho, a Paraguayan band, and ahorse named Mathilde. Ella follows Franco to Asunción and reigns there as his mistress. Isolated and estranged in this new world, she embraces her lover's ill-fated imperial dream -- one fueled by a heedless arrogance that will devastate all of Paraguay.
With the urgency of the narrative, rich and intimate detail, and a wealth of skillfully layered characters, The News from Paraguay recalls the epic novels of Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa.

Praise For The News from Paraguay: A Novel

“Tuck’s prose is elegant, the subject well researched.”

“Compelling…the stuff that good fiction is made of: complex characters and an intricate narrative.”


“The perfect setting for Tuck’s dark wit.”

“The episodic style achieves many lovely moments…images are so vivid you can almost smell them.”

“THE NEWS FROM PARAGUAY captures the physical beauty of an exotic land in Tuck’s characteristically exact, evocative prose.”

“Elegant …the author’s research is impressive … a rich and rewarding read.”

“Impressively researched, lushly written… a splendid realization if its rich subject and Tuck’s best so far.”

“A gripping read.”

“Decorous detail and vivid imagery.”

“Vivid, intriguing . . . Tuck brings to life the lush, sensual, and brutal world of 19th-century Paraguay.”

“Beautifully written.”

“Reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez ... Tuck brings characters fully to life.”