The Queen of Water

The Queen of Water

Book - 2011
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Living in a village in Ecuador, a Quechua Indian girl is sent to work as an indentured servant for an upper class "mestizo" family.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385907613
Branch Call Number: y RESAU 2011
Characteristics: 352 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Farinango, Maria Virginia


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When Virginia is taken from her village to be a servant to a mestizo couple, she has no idea what the future holds. Based on a true story.

Based on the true story of an Ecuadorian indígena girl given by her destitute parents into domestic slavery to a mestizo family. Fascinating inside story - the author wrote it after 6 years of collaboration with the woman whose story it's based on.

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Jan 26, 2017

An excellent read before traveling to Ecuador.

Jul 08, 2016

A beautifully written story about freedom and courage

Jul 23, 2014

Very good book. I had no idea about this conflict until I read it. It will definitely make you rethink your "slavery does not exist today" standpoint.

Jul 28, 2013

This is an interesting book to read if you plan to travel to Ecuador, shedding light on some of the complexities of the cultural and class relationships. Good story and nicely written.

BPLNextBestTeens Jun 15, 2012

The Queen of Water is a beautiful story of human strength and the search for identity. Living in an impoverished Andean village in Ecuador, at the age of seven Virginia is sold by her family to an upper class mestizo (people of Spanish descent) couple. Virginia struggles with her new life as their servant and becomes trapped in the cycle of an abusive relationship: she suffers verbal and physical abuse yet cannot help but become enamored with the couple’s rich lifestyle and entranced by moments of their praise.

Though it is difficult to read about Virginia’s dire situation, the reader is uplifted by Virginia’s strength and power. Virginia is not a person to let anything or anyone stand in her way.

Based on the true story of Maria Virginia Farinango’s childhood and adolescence, Resau’s rich imagery and eloquent phrasing make for a very compelling read.

lisajenn Mar 31, 2011

This novel, inspired by the co-author's own childhood, is a must-read. It tells the story of Virginia, an indigenous girl in Ecuador, who is severed from her family and her roots yet manages to achieve amazing things and reclaim her identity. It's beautiful, heartbreaking, and inspiring all at once.


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