Everything you need to understand or teach The News from Paraguay by Lily Tuck.
When Ella, a divorcee living in Paris, meets Franco, the heir to the Paraguayan throne, there is instant chemistry. When Franco returns with his new mistress to his native land, though, he finds enemies even in his own family. As he takes power, Franco's arrogance threatens to tear the country apart. He quickly finds himself in a war against three other nations, which he vows to fight to the end. Ella is forced to choose between Franco and her children.
Ella Lynch is an aspiring socialite in Paris in the mid-1800s who is looking for someone to "fix" her money problems. She becomes infatuated with Francisco Solano Lopez, the heir to the presidency of Paraguay. He is suave and an excellent lover, and Ella makes plans to follow him back to his home country.
Ella and Franco depart for Buenos Ayres by boat, along with her maid...
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