​ Read Jorge Amado, Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon (Brazil, 1920s). A provincial town is going through major changes. As its economy and social life respond to agricultural expansion and increasing wealth, what constitutes “progress” and “modernity?”

It ranges from new economic infrastructure to not murdering people because of political rivalry or sexual jealousy. This entertaining story of love, business, and politics, with a large cast of characters, is by one of Brazil’s favorite novelists.