Isabel is a heroine for our times - one of the poor, the dispossessed, struggling to overcome the obstacles of life, and to find her beloved brother, Isaias, a musician. This is the story of her quest, but it is also a story of third world poverty, of human dignity and the indomitable human spirit. And the writing is beautiful beyond belief.
The young man left the women and Isabel followed at a distance. Curious children gathered as he stopped by each house and clapped. In her doorway, Dona Rosa wiped her hands on a faded gingham dress. When she saw the portrait, she laughed and threw her hands over the young man, covering his face with kisses.