|The One-Eyed Moon
by the late British author Marguerite Steen (Wikipedia
), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage standalone literary fiction drama novel contemporary when written, but now a retro-historical set in Spain in the years prior to the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s, this one a mixed personal, family, and political drama as a man and his wife, their conflicts exacerbated by very different backgrounds, and their daughter play out their probable tragedy against the backdrop of the greater turmoil that will lead to war, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Odyssey imprint.
This was originally published in 1935 by Victor Gollancz.
Currently free @ Amazon
(available to Canadians & in the UK and pretty much everywhere else Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program)
In the turbulent years prior to the Spanish Civil War, Aurelio López lives precarious existence in the mountains of Granada
An attractive man with the heart of a poet, he is intensely attached to his ancestral home and its challenging, isolated surroundings.
So when he meets and falls in love with Carmela, a woman of very different background, he brings her home as his bride.
But Carmela never really fits in
A proud and industrious woman, Carmelas commercial acumen and material ambitions immediately set her apart from the villagers for whom mañana is a way of life.
So, when Carmela goes into labour with her first child, suddenly and too soon, the locals do not hasten to help her.
And Carmelas husband, Aurelio, is somewhere else entirely.
Although they both come close to death, Carmela and her daughter survive.
Aurelio returns just in time to bestow a most unusual name upon their child.
But somewhere in the years since her marriage, Carmela has become hard and embittered, and in time this will take its toll on the entire family.
In contrast, Aurelio dotes on his daughter. But like all daughters, she has to grow up.
And it is at that point that Aurelios past, present and future collide, with dreadful results.
And as their full effects engulf the entire family, one person in particular must pay the ultimate price for the events of the past.
An epic and passionate novel, The One-Eyed Moon gives the reader privileged insight into a little-known world, as it stood on the brink of momentous events both political and personal.