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Keepers Of The House

Lisa St. Aubin De Teran

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Exceptional first novel, richly evocative and cunningly crafted'- Observer

The awardwinning debut novel from Lisa St Aubin de Teran, one of Virago's best loved authors.

Since the eighteenth century the eccentric and flamboyant Beltran family have ruled their desolate Andean valley. Now they are almost extinct.

At seventeen, Lydia Sinclair, newly married to Don Diego Beltran, the last of the line, arrives at the vast decaying Hacienda La Bebella. As her husband retreats into himself, Lydia takes refuge in unearthing his ancestors' tragic history. Benito, the family's oldest retainer, relates to her tales of splendour and romance, violence and suffering. From these she weaves a rich gothic tapestry in which the fantastic legends of the past are mingled with the present necessity for survival in a harsh, drought-ridden land.

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Lisa St. Aubin De Teran

Lisa St. Aubin de Ter n was born in south London in 1953. She is a prize-winning author and has published five novels.

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