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The Spanish Teacher Winner of the Gival Press Novel Award Is Released

Gival Press is pleased to announce the release of The Spanish Teacher by Barbara de la Cuesta which has been described as follows:

“…De la Cuesta’s novel maintains an accumulating power which holds onto a reader’s attention not only through the forceful figure of Ordóñez, but by demonstrating acutely how ordinary lives are impacted by the underlying social and political landscape. Compelling reading.” –Tom Tolnay, publisher, Birch Brook Press and author of Selling America and This is the Forest Primeval

“Barbara de la Cuesta’s The Spanish Teacher has everything to thrill you—pace, a great balance of description, gesture and action, charmed, perfectly-tuned dialogue, and most notably, a character we follow as closely and sympathetically as if we were living right there inside the story with him… So many books show us a character who seems to capably hang and move like marionettes from the strings of a fairly competent puppeteer, but rarely do we see a full drama like this, where every bit of the writing extends from, grows out of, is part and parcel with the author’s complete realization of and connection to her character….”—Don Berger, judge for the Gival Press Novel Award

Biography: Barbara de la Cuesta is the author of the novel The Gold Mine, a long poem If There Weren\’t So Many of Them, and Westerly, a work of non-fiction in the field of arts therapy. Her fiction has appeared in California Quarterly and The Texas Review. She has received fellowships from the New Jersey Arts Council, the Geraldine Dodge Foundation to attend the Virginia Colony, and the Massachusetts Artists\’ Foundation, as well as a fellowship to Ragdale. Two of her plays have been produced off-off Broadway.

To purchase a copy at, click below: The Spanish Teacher at

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