From the dustjacket:
When Dolores, a beautiful girl who comes from a family of wealthy landowners, meets Maximiliano, the handsome butcher, she elopes with him, and her family disowns her for life.
At once deeply moving and filled with humor, this is the story of their love for each other and of their quest for a better life for themselves and their children; a story set in a world of tropical heat and fierce pride where men are men, and women appear to be men's possessions.
In that passionate world, family is sacred. And so is family honor. So what is the family to do when Gustavo, Dolores and Maximilano's younger son, finds out that his sensual young wife hs been possessed by another man and yet refuses to do the one thing he must to restor his--and the family's--honor: hill both is wife and her lover?
Filled with the same lust for life tha tmade "Like Water for Chocolate" a huge international bestseller, "The Secret of the Bulls" is one of the most beautiful and resonate new works of fiction to appear in many years--a major literary debut sure to thrust Bernardo into the front ranks of contemporary Latin American and American writers.