The News from Paraguay
Paris, 1854. A blue feather drifts from the hat of a beautiful woman, falling at the feet of Francisco Solano, future dictator of Paraguay. So begins his extraordinary affair with Ella Lynch, Irishwoman and courtesan. After a unique courtship involving a poncho and a Paraguayan band, Ella follows Francisco to Paraguay to reign as his mistress. Isolated in a new world, she embraces her lover's imperial dream - one fuelled by an arrogance that will devastate the country, and throw this passionate woman into a world of unprecedented privilege, exploitation and revolution.
Winner of the US National Book Award