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Natalia is an innocent pastry shop worker in pre-Civil War Spain when she meets Quimet, a charming and eccentric man. After a strange courtship they marry and quickly have some lovely children. They are a young, struggling couple but have a nice life in lovely Barcelona. One of Quimet's capricious ideas to to raise doves in their home. The children love it; Natalia gets a big headache from it.
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Gradually political discontent intensifies and times get rough. Natalia gets work as a maid. Soon Quimet joins in the Spanish Civil War and Natalia is mostly on her own to fend for herself and her children. She survives--but just barely. Quimet dies in the war.

Eventually Natalia remarries a local grocer, but she is still haunted by the loss of Quimet and the horrors of war.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Husband Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Conflict:    -   Revolution, general

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   blue collar Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () Europe    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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