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The year is l854. In Paris, Francisco Solano—the future dictator of Paraguay—begins his courtship of the young, beautiful Irish courtesan Ella Lynch with a poncho, a Paraguayan band, and a horse named Mathilde. Ella follows Franco to Asunciónand reigns there as his mistress. Isolated and estranged in this new world, she embraces her lover’s ill-fated imperial dream—one fueled by a heedless arrogance that will devastate all of Paraguay. With the urgency of the narrative, rich and intimate detail, and a wealth of skillfully layered characters, The News from Paraguay recalls the epic novels of Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vivid, intriguing…Tuck brings to life the lush, sensual, and brutal world of 19th-century Paraguay.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “The perfect setting for Tuck’s dark wit.”

    New Yorker

  • “Tuck’s prose is elegant, the subject well researched.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Decorous detail and vivid imagery.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Impressively researched, lushly written…a splendid realization if its rich subject and Tuck’s best so far.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “The story unfolds through Tuck’s elegant narration…The author’s research is impressive…but never overbearing as she explores the life of a spoiled, kept woman in a foreign land, as well as the lives, both high and low, of those around her…When Paraguay finds itself at odds with neighboring countries, the novel chronicles the various tragedies and defeats with a cool and unswerving eye. Tuck’s novel may not be for the faint of heart, but it is a rich and rewarding read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A 2004 National Book Award Winner
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About the Author

Lily Tuck is the author of several novels, including Interviewing Matisse or the Woman Who Died Standing Up, The Woman Who Walked on Water, Siam, or the Woman Who Shot a Man, which was nominated for the 2000 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and The News From Paraguay, winner of the National Book Award. She is also the author of the biography Woman of Rome, A Life of Elsa Morante. Her short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, and are collected in Limbo, or Other Places I Have Lived. She divides her time between Maine and New York City.