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Since 1993, Grove Press has been both a hardcover and paperback imprint of Grove Atlantic publishing fiction, drama, poetry, literature in translation, and general nonfiction. Authors and titles include Jon Lee Anderson’s Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, Robert Olen Butler’s A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Pulitzer Prize for Literature 1993), Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss (Man Booker Prize 2006), Richard Flanagan’s Gould’s Book of Fish (Commonwealth Prize 2002), Ismail Kadare’s The Siege, Jerzy Kosinski’s Steps (National Book Award 1969), Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls, Nick McDonell’s Twelve, Catherine Millet’s The Sexual Life of Catherine M., Pascal Mercier’s Night Train to Lisbon, Kay Ryan (Poet Laureate of the United States 2008/9) as well as Antonio Lobo Antunes, Will Self, Barry Hannah, Terry Southern, and many others.

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Anne Enright’s novels What Are You Like? and The Wig My Father Wore have established her as an original and important international voice. Now she delivers an astonishing, rich tour de force inspired by the life of a truly extraordinary woman: Eliza Lynch, the nineteenth-century Irishwoman who became Paraguay’s Eva Perón. The facts of her life are uncertain and hotly disputed—but from them Enright has fashioned an audacious tale that feels, The Spectator noted, “true in the way that only made-up stories can be.”

Beautiful, sophisticated, and adventurous, Eliza Lynch met Francisco Solano López in Paris, when she was nineteen and he was in Europe to recruit engineers for the first railroad in South America. She left for Paraguay several months later at López’s side, pregnant with his son. Reviled by Asunción society and her lover’s family, Eliza built herself a fine house, constructed a national theater for Paraguay, and had her son baptized although he was a bastard. In less than a decade, López became dictator of the nation and plunged Paraguay into a conflict that would kill over half its population. By then Eliza was notorious—as both the angel of the battlefield, inspiring the troops, and the demon driving López’s ambition. At one time the richest woman in the world, she played the piano as López executed traitors and despite widespread starvation held sumptuous banquets in her tent at the front.

Anne Enright has written a gorgeous, deeply resonant novel about a woman truly larger than life, a book that, London’s Daily Telegraph wrote, “might have been bodice-ripping material, but Enright weaves . . . an artful parable of corruption, degeneracy and the end of an established order.” The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch is a novel of epic love and epic destruction, and an accomplishment that brings Anne Enright’s immense talent to full flower.
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