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"Thirteen Senses begins with the fiftieth wedding anniversary of the aging former bootlegger Salvador and his elegant wife, Lupe. When asked by a young priest to repeat the sacred ceremonial phrase "to honor and obey," Lupe surprises herself and says. "No, I will not say 'obey.' How dare you You don't talk to me like this after fifty years of marriage and I now knowing what I know " After the hilarious shock of Lupe's rejection of the ceremony, the Villasenor family is forced to examine the love that Lupe and Salvador have shared for so many years -- a universal, gut-honest love that will eventually energize and inspire the couple into old age.
In "Thirteen Senses, Victor Villasenor brings readers into the Bonnie-and-Clyde-like world of his colorful, immigrant family: a world set in Depression-era Southern California: a harsh world, where only the wily and strong survive, and where love, passion, and commitment to "familia are the sole dependable forces in Lupe's and Salvador's lives. In the unfolding of their story, we see Lupe move beyond her young and naive conventions of femininity to become a vessel of power, strength, courage, and brains. Salvador, in turn, is forced to extend beyond his macho "Godfather" persona, becoming whole by learning to listen to the intuitive wisdom of his young wife.
""Thirteen Senses, in the end, is a rapturous depiction of love between all men andwomen. In writing this breakthrough memoir about Lupe and Salvador's adventurous desire, Victor Villasenor uncovers a path toward enlightenment, enabling us to realize that an awakened soul is not restricted by the use of five senses, but capable of using the power of all sacred thirteen.
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