“Mesmerizing . . . a powerful and affecting story about love’s most anguished and disturbing permutations.”Timothy Hunter, Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Shrine at Altamira
978-0-8021-3655-8 • $13.00 • Paperback • Sep. 1999
John L'Heureux "should be a household name," the San Francisco Chronicle has written, and his novel The Shrine at Altamira has the simplicity and power of Greek tragedy. When Maria Corazon Alvarez meets Russell Whitaker at a school dance, she sees his blue eyes and solid American name as a ticket out of the ghetto into a better life. They dance, they touch, they tumble into a love so strong and elemental it should last forever. But gradually the balance shifts; he loves her more, she loves him less. When their son is born, Maria gives him all her love and Russell is pushed aside. Wild, obsessed, Russell runs mad and his desperate love becomes a fire that consumes them all. The Shrine at Altamira is a harrowing, masterful examination of love and its darker shadow that bears deep and lasting resonance.