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Tales from the Town of Widows

(2007)
& Chronicles From the Town of Men
A novel by

 
 
Set against the backdrop of the ongoing Colombian war, this brilliant novel tells the story of Mariquita, a mountain village that's forever altered the day a band of communist guerrillas forcibly recruits all but three of its men.

Left to fend for themselves with an ethically challenged priest, a transvestite and a withdrawn gay man, the virtual widows slowly emerge from their supporting roles as wives and daughters to become unwitting founders of a remarkable new society: an all-female utopia far greater than any revolutionary's imagined ideal society.

And when some of the men come home after their 16-year absence and try to reclaim their power, things get really interesting. . .

Deft, rich and darkly humorous, Tales From the Town of Widows & Chronicles From the Land of Men marks the arrival of an unforgettable new literary talent.

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Praise for this book

"Cañón is a gifted storyteller, as full of his radical purpose as Jonathan Swift, as enchanting as Gabriel García Márquez, as brainy as Pamuk, yet his anger and compassion, as well as his humor, are distinctly his own." - Maureen Howard

"James Cañón achieves an extraordinary combination of largeness and intimacy. Here is the sweep of history together with the feeling of home, both conveyed with high intelligence and real eloquence. Cañón is a young American--in the broader, hemispheric sense of the word--to celebrate." - Benjamin Kunkel

"Like his villagers, James Cañón has built a new world on an old - a realigned literary landscape, with new sex roles, new stubbornness, new glory, and new wreckage. A much-loved tradition of Colombian fiction has been gorgeously re-imagined." - Joan Silber


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December 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Tales from the Town of Widows
Author(s): James Canon
ISBN: 0-06-114038-4 / 978-0-06-114038-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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Paperback Editions

May 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tales from the Town of Widows
Author(s): James Canon
ISBN: 0-00-726969-2 / 978-0-00-726969-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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December 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Tales from the Town of Widows: A Novel
Author(s): James Canon
ISBN: 0-06-114039-2 / 978-0-06-114039-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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May 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tales from the Town of Widows: and Chronicles from the Land of Men: And Chronicles Fom the Land of Men
Author(s): James Canon
ISBN: 0-00-724109-7 / 978-0-00-724109-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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2007 : USA Paperback

Title: Tales from the Town of Widows & Chronicles From the Town of Men ( Advanced Readi
Author(s): James Canon
ISBN: 0-06-125508-4 / 978-0-06-125508-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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October 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Tales from the Town of Widows: A Novel
Author(s): James Canon
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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