Intimate Enemies by Christina Vella
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Intimate Enemies
By Christina Vella

Intimate Enemies

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Intimate Enemies by Christina Vella

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Born into wealth in New Orleans in 1795, Micaela Almonester was married into misery in France sixteen years later. Against a richly woven historical background of two centuries and two vivid societies. Christina Vella unfolds the amazing true account of this resilient woman's life - and the three men who most affected its course: her father, Andres, an illustrious New Orleans builder in whose footsteps she eventually followed with great distinction; her father-in-law, Xavier, who for more than twenty years tried to destroy her marriage and seize control of her fortune, eventually shooting Micaela in violent despair; and her husband, Celestin, whom, despite all, she compassionatoly supported until her death. Adapted as an opera in 2003 by the New Orleans Opera, Intimate Enemies has captured the imagination and admiration of readers everywhere.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780807129623
ISBN-10: 0807129623
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Pages: 440
Imprint: Louisiana State University Press
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Christina Vella

Christina Vella is an adjunct professor of history at Tuiane University and coauthor with Radomir Luza of The Hitler Kiss: A Memoir of the Czech Resistance. She lives in New Orleans.

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