The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant, by Lilibeth André – The Book
An art book with a story…
The story of Izta, the Aztec princess who must fight for her father’s kingdom doomed to fall into the hands of the evil and bloodthirsty high priest Axooxco. Her small army of loyal followers includes her life maiden, Xochitl; her wise but insecure advisor, Tochtli; and the brave Jaguar Knight Popoca who makes her heart leap. Is the love for her kingdom and her parents enough to overcome the magical-religious control over her people?
A Story inspired by the Mexican legend of Popocatepetl (Smoking Mountain) and Iztaccihuatl (White Woman or Sleeping Woman), two of the tallest volcanoes in Mexico. The book includes eight (8) Illustrations by the author.
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Born in Morelos, southwest of the volcanoes Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, author Lilibeth André recalls hearing their legend as a child. She first heard of the volcanoes from her parents. Her father, a mountain climber, knew them well.
Shortly before modern-day eruptions, she wrote a short story based on the legend. One day, in a tiny taco stand in Stafford, Texas, she saw a caption and illustration of the volcanoes on the wall narrating the legend. It reignited her interest in the story. When the first eruption occurred around 1994, she felt it was a sign to continue her project. She began the novel in 1999 only to file it five years later after multiple rejections. In 2011, the manuscript came out and could no longer stay filed away. She felt that it was time. Eruptions this year have only confirmed that it is time to tell the story of “The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant”.
Lilibeth André is an artist. She paints portraits and other fine art she shows at her studio in Houston, Texas.
She grew up in the U.S.A. but returned to Mexico in her teens. It was an opportunity to reconnect with her roots and traditions studying Mexican design, art, history and all things Mexican from folk dancing to murals. She learned about customs and legends, and dressed (still does) in modernized and traditional Mexican costume, hats and huaraches at every opportunity. Today, she wants to share this love for her culture with readers who may not have the fortune she did to connect and learn about where she came from. With the creation of her story and illustrations as a gift to herself she presents this book as a small offering. “The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant” is her first book.
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