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No One Said a Word by Paula Varsavsky (review)

No One Said a Word by Paula Varsavsky (review) Paula Varsavsky. No One Said a Word. San Antonio: Wings Press, 2013. Elena Foulis The Ohio State University Although set in Argentina's late 1970's, Paula Varsavsky's No One Said a Word does not explore the political situation of the time. The novel focuses on the dynamics of family relationships. No One Said a Word, translated by Anne McLean, tells us the story of Luz Goldman, a young girl dealing with the aftermath of her parent's divorce, her dad's remarriage, and an unsupervised adolescence that leads to drug use and early sexual experiences. Varsavsky begins her novel when Luz learns that her father has died. In the first chapter we discover Luz's love and respect for her father and the impossibility of bringing back the past. The author then spends the rest of the novel recounting Luz's story in first person narrative about her divided life, living half the time with her mother and half with her father, and later living in two countries, the United States and Argentina. Given such a setting, it is interesting to read that the author did not choose to write about the life of the immigrant or living in two cultures. Instead, she http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

No One Said a Word by Paula Varsavsky (review)

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Paula Varsavsky. No One Said a Word. San Antonio: Wings Press, 2013. Elena Foulis The Ohio State University Although set in Argentina's late 1970's, Paula Varsavsky's No One Said a Word does not explore the political situation of the time. The novel focuses on the dynamics of family relationships. No One Said a Word, translated by Anne McLean, tells us the story of Luz Goldman, a young girl dealing with the aftermath of her parent's divorce, her dad's remarriage, and an unsupervised adolescence that leads to drug use and early sexual experiences. Varsavsky begins her novel when Luz learns that her father has died. In the first chapter we discover Luz's love and respect for her father and the impossibility of bringing back the past. The author then spends the rest of the novel recounting Luz's story in first person narrative about her divided life, living half the time with her mother and half with her father, and later living in two countries, the United States and Argentina. Given such a setting, it is interesting to read that the author did not choose to write about the life of the immigrant or living in two cultures. Instead, she

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Rocky Mountain Review of Language and LiteratureRocky Mountain Modern Language Association

Published: Jan 28, 2013

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