Great Divide, The \ Entre dos aguas (Spanish edition)

by Cristina Henriquez

On Sale: 08/20/2024

Great Divide, The \ Entre dos aguas (Spanish edition)

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Great Divide, The \ Entre dos aguas (Spanish edition)

by Cristina Henriquez

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De la aclamada autora de El libro de los americanos desconocidos, llega la extraordinaria novela épica de Cristina Henríquez sobre la construcción del canal de Panamá: un hito histórico que partió en dos la historia del continente americano, así como las vidas de quienes lo hicieron posible.

Dicen que la construcción del canal será la hazaña más grande en la historia de la ingeniería. Pero ¿quién va a construirlo? Para Francisco, un pescador lugareño que no tolera que las potencias extranjeras saqueen a pedazos su país, nada es más desagradable que la decisión de su hijo, Omar, de trabajar como excavador en la zona de perforación. Pero para Omar, cuya crianza fue tranquila y solitaria, este trabajo es la oportunidad de, por fin, encontrar una conexión.

Ada Bunting, una audaz joven de dieciséis años proveniente de Barbados, llega a Panamá como polizonte junto con miles de antillanos en busca de trabajo. Sola y sin recursos, está decidida a encontrar una ocupación que le permita ganar suficiente dinero para la cirugía de su hermana enferma. Cuando ve que un joven —Omar— se desmaya después de una jornada agotadora, ella es la única que corre a su auxilio.

John Oswald ha dedicado su vida a la investigación científica y se ha embarcado a Panamá con un solo propósito en mente: erradicar la malaria. Pero Marian, su esposa, ha enfermado, y al ver la valentía y compasión de Ada, la contrata para que cuide de Marian. Esta decisión, que resulta funesta, desencadena una conmovedora historia de ambición, lealtad y sacrificio.

Con agudeza y empatía, The Great Divide explora las vidas que se entrecruzaron en la construcción del canal. Con rigor y maestría, Henríquez exalta las vidas de a activistas, pescadores, trabajadores, periodistas, vecinos, médicos y adivinos, los verdaderos protagonistas de este hito, pero que rara vez han sido reconocidos por la historia, aunque hayan forjado su curso. 


An epic novel about the construction of the Panama Canal, casting light on the unsung people who lived, loved, and labored there, by Cristina Henríquez, acclaimed author of The Book of Unknown Americans

It is said that the canal will be the greatest feat of engineering in history. But first, it must be built. For Francisco, a local fisherman who resents the foreign powers clamoring for a slice of his country, nothing is more upsetting than the decision of his son, Omar, to work as a digger in the excavation zone. But for Omar, whose upbringing was quiet and lonely, this job offers a chance to finally find a connection.

Ada Bunting is a bold sixteen-year-old from Barbados who arrives in Panama as a stowaway alongside thousands of other West Indians seeking work. Alone and with no resources, she is determined to find a job that will earn enough money for her ailing sister’s surgery. When she sees a young man—Omar—who has collapsed after a grueling shift, she is the only one who rushes to his aid.

John Oswald has dedicated his life to scientific research and has journeyed to Panama in single-minded pursuit of one goal: eliminating malaria. But now, his wife, Marian, has fallen ill herself, and when he witnesses Ada’s bravery and compassion, he hires her on the spot as a caregiver. This fateful decision sets in motion a sweeping tale of ambition, loyalty, and sacrifice. 

Searing and empathetic,The Great Divide explores the intersecting lives of activists, fishmongers, laborers, journalists, neighbors, doctors, and soothsayers—those rarely acknowledged by history even as they carved out its course.

Critical Praise

"Against the backdrop of the construction of the Panama Canal, Cristina Henriquez’s commanding and fearless prose conducts us through the very depth of the Panamanian jungle, where young Ada and Omar fight bravely— for themselves, their families, and their communities' survival— in a rapidly changing world. Violent empire and volatile sickness combine for harrowing effect in this vivid novel that interrogates all that is sacrificed in the name of progress. By turns macabre and also truly joyful, The Great Divide left me with a powerful ache for forgotten histories that will not soon leave me." — Xochitl Gonzalez, author of Olga Dies Dreaming

"A gorgeous, sweeping epic that draws together a truly unforgettable cast of characters. I loved it." — Ann Napolitano, author of Hello Beautiful

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063292215
  • ISBN 10: 0063292211
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Espanol
  • On Sale: 08/20/2024
  • Pages: 432
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Hispanic & Latino
  • BISAC2 : FICTION: Historical / 20th Century / General
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC4 : FICTION / Sagas

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