by Carlos Fuentes
I remember that I picked this up because a reader from Mexico who visited my site mentioned that Aura was their favorite Fuentes novel. I was not disappointed.
A young scholar is hired to edit the memoirs of a deceased Mexican army general. He meets and fall in love with Aura, the general’s widow’s niece. But, of course, she has a secret….
Fuentes revisited some of the themes in Aura in his novella “Constancia,” which was set in the US, and makes references more to US rather than Mexican history. Also excellent, and somewhat more accessible to me, as a US reader. But Aura is lovely, too.