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Bitter Grounds

Bitter Grounds

A Novel

Sandra Benítez



Winner of the 1998 American Book Award

Spanning the years between 1932 and 1977, this beautifully told epic is set in the heart of El Salvador, where coffee plantations are the center of life for rich and poor alike. Following three generations of the Prieto Clan and the wealthy family they work for, this is the story of mothers and daughters who live, love, and die for their passions.

Praise for Bitter Grounds

“Grabs us at the most visceral level . . . Benitez's clear writing and considerable imagination enable her to make the political personal, luminous, and even comic.” —Ms.

“An elegant epic . . . Benitez is a remarkable storyteller.” —The Denver Post

“Packs an emotional punch . . . A compelling read.” —The Boston Globe

“Explores passion, politics, love, death and betrayal in an intricately plotted mystery . . . Moving and lyrical.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Sandra Benítez

Sandra Benitez's first novel was A Place Where the Sea Remembers. She grew up in El Salvador, attended high school and college in Missouri, and now divides her time between Edina, Minnesota, where she teaches creative writing, and Mexico.


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