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Sept. 8, 2004

Guatemalan-American Novelist Francisco Goldman Reads On WSUI Sept. 22

Gulatemalan-American novelist Francisco Goldman will read from his new novel, "The Divine Husband," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. The reading, hosted by Julie Englander, will be a free event at the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

A preview in Publishers Weekly observed, "The Guatemalan-American Goldman ('The Ordinary Seaman,' etc.) has used the often violent modern history of Central America as the backdrop of his two previous novels. His latest work plunges back to the 19th century, telling the story of a woman who might have borne an illegitimate child of the great Cuban poet, Jose Martí."

Donna Seaman wrote for Booklist, "Goldman, a highly artistic writer of conscience, delves more deeply into the injustices and paradoxes of Central American society with each book, creating, in his third novel, a dynamically episodic saga written in a more ebullient, mischievous, and sensual mode than before but without belying complexity or tragedy... Ultimately, Goldman not only dramatizes the fate of one lush but unlucky Central American country but also conjures the very spirit of humankind in all its perfidy and splendor."

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