Dancing With the Tiger

Dancing With the Tiger

Book - 2016
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Penguin Putnam
Taut, acidly witty, menacingly erotic, and often absolutely terrifying: this is a literary thriller of propulsive force that introduces a powerful storyteller.

*An Edgar Finalist for Best First Novel
*Semifinalist for the 2017 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award

 
It begins when a meth-addicted grave robber unearths the death mask of Montezuma, setting off a violent struggle for its possession. There is the drug lord who employs him, who would kill for that mask. There is the expat American collector, sinister and possibly mad. There is the greatly respected curator, who for a fee will provide provenances for his country’s looted artifacts, and his long-suffering housekeeper, a deeply religious lesbian in a culture of machismo, who despises her patron. And there is the looter himself, who has stolen the mask and is now running for his life.

Above all, there is Anna Ramsey, an American with a history of bad choices, who has hidden behind a mask all her adult life. A deeply wounded woman, Anna knows that masks protect and conceal. Anna is a heroine for our times, as she searches for the courage to remove her mask and show her true face.

Baker & Taylor
When a meth-addicted grave robber unearths the death mask of Montezuma, triggering a violent struggle for its possession, an American woman with a history of bad choices attempts to repair her alcoholic father's broken reputation by claiming the mask andrestoring happier family dynamics.

Baker
& Taylor

When a meth-addicted grave robber unearths the death mask of Montezuma, triggering a violent struggle for its possession, an American woman with a history of bad choices attempts to repair her alcoholic father's broken reputation by claiming the mask and restoring happier family dynamics.
"When 30-year-old Anna Ramsey learns that a meth-addicted looter has dug up what might be the funerary mask of Montezuma, she books the next flight to Oaxaca. Determined to redeem her father, a discredited art collector, and to one-up her unfaithful fiance, a museum curator, Anna hurls herself headlong into Mexico's underground art world. But others are chasing the treasure as well: the shape-shifting drug lord no one can really describe; the enigmatic American expat, who keeps his art collection locked in a chapel; the former museum director who traffics stolen works, and his housekeeper--deeply religious, a gay woman in a culture of machismo, dependent on a patron she loathes; the painter Salvador on his motorcycle, complex, sensual--but with secrets of his own. Anna soon realizes that everyone is masked--some literally, others metaphorically. Indeed, Dancing with the Tiger is a splendid reminder that throughout human history, cultures have revered masks: whether in the theater or in war, for religious purposes, or to conceal identity, masks are as universal as our desire to transform ourselves, to change. Anna, without an ounce of self-pity despite traumatic losses, stands out as a heroine for our times as, traveling alone, she finds the courage to show her true face"--
"Determined to redeem her father, a discredited art collector, and to one-up her unfaithful fiancâe museum curator, Anna hurls herself headlong into Mexico's underground art world"--

Publisher: New York : Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2016]
ISBN: 9780399175176
0399175172
Branch Call Number: F WRI
Characteristics: 456 pages ; 24 cm

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