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Last Train from Cuernavaca

Last Train from Cuernavaca

Lucia St. Clair Robson

Forge Books



Trade Paperback

In the Christmas season of 1913, Grace Knight's elegant old hotel on Cuernavaca's main plaza is the place to see and be seen. Mexico's landed aristocracy, members of the foreign community, wealthy tourists, and young army officers with their wives flock to the Colonial. Under the ballroom's hundreds of twinkling electric lights, they dance to old Spanish tunes and to the new beat of ragtime.

Outside the city, in the shadows of the valley's two volcanoes, a company of federal soldiers raids the hacienda of Don Miguel Sanche, hunting for men sympathetic to the cause of the charismatic rebel leader, Emiliano Zapata. In a hailstorm of rifle fire, sixteen-year-old Angela Sanchez's life takes a horrifying turn. After the soldiers leave, she returns to the ruins of her family's home. She collects her father's old Winchester carbine, gathers the survivors among his workers, and rides off in search of Zapata's Liberating Army of the South.

Last Train from Cuernavaca is the story of two strong and ambitious women. For the sake of love, honor, and survival, they become swept up in a Revolution that almost destroys them and their country.

Spur Awards - Winner, WILLA Literary Award - Finalist


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Praise for Last Train from Cuernavaca

Last Train From Cuernavaca is an historical novel that lives up to both words. It is a gripping story that takes us deep into tumultuous years of Mexican history that few Americans know about. We need more books like this.” —Thomas Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Trial of Robert E. Lee

“To read Lucia St. Clair Robson is to learn while being thoroughly entertained. Last Train From Cuernavaca puts us through the tragic violence and political treachery of the Mexican Revolution and its consequences so intimately that we feel hunger, lust, thirst, grief and saddlesores, and admire anew the awesome durability and courage of the people of Mexico -- especially the women.” —James Alexander Thom, New York Times bestselling author of Follow the River

“Exciting and lyrically written, Last Train from Cuernavaca by Lucia St. Clair Robson brings the past to fascinating, fire-breathing life. As the Mexican revolution sweeps into Cuernavaca, two young women – English and Mexican – are hurled into a high-stakes adventure that will help determine the nation's future. Add rich characters, unforgettable scenes of bravery, and two beautiful love stories, and you'll know why no one writes historical fiction better than Robson.” —Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies

“Lucia St. Clair Robson casts spells with words that pluck us from our armchairs and plop us instantly into the place and time of her choice. In her hands, the characters she spun from whole cloth breathe and speak and sweat with the force of those who lived and who live again here as never before. Last Train From Cuernavaca proves once again that Robson is an American treasure.” —Loren D Estleman, Five-time Spur Award-winning author of The Branch and the Scaffold

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About the author

Lucia St. Clair Robson

LUCIA ST. CLAIR ROBSON was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. She has lived in Japan and Arizona, and served in the Peace Corps in Venezuela. She has written seven novels, including The Tokaido Road, Fearless, and Ride the Wind, which won the Golden Spur Award. Robson lives near Annapolis, Maryland.

Lucia St. Clair Robson

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