Friday 56 & Book Beginnings: Perla

Perla by Carolina De Robertis

Some things are impossible for the mind to behold. So listen, if you can, with your whole being. The story pushes and demands to be told, here, now, with you so close and the past even closer, breathing at the napes of our necks.
- p. 3, Perla by Carolina De Robertis


For Friday 56:
Now she looks him right in the eyes and the room goes bright, too bright, and something in her stare slices him open, the ease is gone and the disgust is back and there is something else, too, something new that fills him with confusion.
- p. 56, Perla by Carolina De Robertis

Synopsis: A coming-of-age story, based on a recent shocking chapter of Argentine history, about a young woman who makes a devastating discovery about her origins with the help of an enigmatic houseguest. Perla Correa grew up a privileged only child in Buenos Aires, with a cold, polished mother and a straitlaced naval officer father, whose profession she learned early on not to disclose in a country still reeling from the abuses perpetrated by the deposed military dictatorship. Perla understands that her parents were on the wrong side of the conflict, but her love for her papá is unconditional. But when Perla is startled by an uninvited visitor, she begins a journey that will force her to confront the unease she has suppressed all her life, and to make a wrenching decision about who she is, and who she will become.

I won this book and it got rave reviews. I like a lot of Latin American literature, so ... let's see how this one goes over with me!

What are you reading?

8 comments:

  1. Cool cover and very interesting synopsis. I like the sounds of this one, thanks for sharing.

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    1. gonna have to admit that i joined the giveaway because of the cover! :) but when i read the synopis, it sealed the deal!

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  2. Beautiful cover and I love those snippets too!

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    1. loonnngg descriptive sentences. but it works!

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  3. This one sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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  4. I like stories that demand to be told. Beautiful cover andinteresting snippets!

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  5. Very descriptive. I like the way the past breathes at the napes of our necks and her stare slices him open (though that's a scary image if taken literally).

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  6. Love the idea of a story breathing! Beautiful wording!

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