Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Strong women's voices compel writer to pen novel.(Books)

Byline: David Steinberg Journal Staff Writer

"Kissing the Virgin's Mouth" by Donna M. Gershten

HarperCollins, $23, 226 pp.

*Donna M. Gershten signs, discusses "Kissing the Virgin's Mouth" 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, Page One, 11018 Montgomery NE; 6-7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, Garcia Street Books, 376 Garcia St., Santa Fe; and 2-4 p.m. Friday, March 23, Moby Dickens Bookstore, 124A Bent St., Taos.

Debut novelist Donna Gershten went to Mexico to set up a fitness center at a Mazatlan hotel and ended up staying for five years.

"I waved good-bye to my friends and said I'll be back in a month. I thought I'd go down and talk to exercise physiologists. …

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