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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.

Review:

“Beautiful....Wrenching....De Robertis is an extraordinarily courageous writer who only gets better with every book.” Junot Díaz

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“Mesmerizing....A moving, poetic novel about the costs of revolution and the evolutionary process that is identity.” O, The Oprah Magazine

Review:

“Haunting...a sensitive exploration of love, loyalty, and hope in the wake of atrocity.” The New Yorker

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“De Robertis brings the best of two cultures to bear in her work, melding the Latin literary tradition of magical realism with a thoroughly modern, politically charged North American sensibility....[Her] extraordinary gift makes this brave, important book an object of beauty.” Chicago Tribune

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“De Robertis holds the reader’s attention with her entrancingly rhythmic and pulsating prose....[Her] voice is distinctive and her novel vivid and memorable.” The Wall Street Journal

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“A gripping journey that’s as heart-wrenching as it is healing; a reminder that the Disappeared must not be forgotten....Both the story and prose flow like a glistening Rio de la Plata....De Robertis’ writing...from beginning to end hypnotizes with poetic, crushing beauty.” Minneapolis Star Tribune

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“Impressive....Bold....In an artful blend of beauty and horror, De Robertis has made the disappeared visible once again. With that, she has done them — and us — a great service.” San Francisco Chronicle

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“This ambitious narrative...is propulsive and emotionally gripping....Culminating in a wrenching catharsis about rebirth and healing.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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“[Perla] is a literary descendant of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, but very much its own achingly original, hauntingly lyrical outing.” East Bay Express

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“It’s no exaggeration to say I’ve rarely read a more poetic novel than Carolina De Robertis’ Perla. What makes it doubly impressive is the subject matter that this author takes on....De Robertis is a new voice for Latin America, following in the footsteps of Isabel Allende, and dare I say it, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.” Washington Independent Book Review

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“De Robertis skillfully weaves a lyrical voice around her characters that treats victims, perpetrators, and bystanders with the same care and honesty. The result is a powerfully humanizing effort that examines a nation struggling with a very dark, recent past.” Library Journal (starred review)

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“Lyrically combining into reality both the fantastic and the horrific, De Robertis weaves a beautiful and plain-faced tale about birth, rebirth, and the responsibility of inheritance from complex, startling history.” Booklist (starred review)

Review:

“An elegantly written and affecting meditation on life in the wake of atrocity.” Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

From the author of the international bestseller, The Invisible Mountain, comes Perla, a coming-of-age story based on one of the darkest chapters in Argentinean history.

Growing up as a privileged only child in Buenos Aires, Perla Correa learned early on not to discuss the profession of her naval officer father in a country still reeling from the abuses of a deposed military dictatorship. But when an uninvited visitor appears in Perla’s home, this encounter sets her on 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.

About the Author

Carolina De Robertis was raised in England, Switzerland, and California by Uruguayan parents. Her debut novel, The Invisible Mountain, was an international best seller that was translated into fifteen languages; it was an O, The Oprah Magazine 2009 Terrific Read, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, and the recipient of Italy’s Rhegium Julii Prize. She is the recipient of a 2012 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her fiction and literary translations have appeared in Granta, Zoetrope: All-Story, and the Virginia Quarterly Review, among other publications. She lives in Oakland, California.

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evuljeanne, June 14, 2013 (view all comments by evuljeanne)
Since every book on my wishlist comes from Powell's Daily Dose, I decided that it's time that I paid back the favor. Perla is easily one of the most moving books I have ever encountered. The story of a girl growing up in Argentina during and after the "Dirty War", De Robertis' prose will astound you and pull you, inescapably, into this story. For those of us who know of this horrific time from afar, Perla creates an intimate, albeit disturbing, understanding of that period in Argentina's history. It is a compelling read of a very difficult time.
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Barney, March 1, 2013 (view all comments by Barney)
As Perla works to solve this mystery, I found myself agonizing over wanting to know and not wanting to know the truth. This story, although profound, is absolutely beautiful. I find myself tearing up at this moment, from the emotions this novel brought out in me, not because it was sad, rather the sense of release it gave me at its close. As an introduction to the Dirty War that took place in Argentina, this is a sublime pick. I previous had no knowledge of the events that took place in Argentina when I was a young girl and find myself wanting to learn more after ready this truly wonderful piece of literature. WOW! So powerful! Highly recommended to all.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307744173
Author:
De Robertis, Carolina
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Robertis, Carolina De
Subject:
Literature-Coming of Age
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.16 x 0.76 in 0.58 lb
Age Level:
Literature-Coming of Age

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Product details 256 pages Vintage Books - English 9780307744173 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Beautiful....Wrenching....De Robertis is an extraordinarily courageous writer who only gets better with every book.”
"Review" by , “Mesmerizing....A moving, poetic novel about the costs of revolution and the evolutionary process that is identity.”
"Review" by , “Haunting...a sensitive exploration of love, loyalty, and hope in the wake of atrocity.”
"Review" by , “De Robertis brings the best of two cultures to bear in her work, melding the Latin literary tradition of magical realism with a thoroughly modern, politically charged North American sensibility....[Her] extraordinary gift makes this brave, important book an object of beauty.”
"Review" by , “De Robertis holds the reader’s attention with her entrancingly rhythmic and pulsating prose....[Her] voice is distinctive and her novel vivid and memorable.”
"Review" by , “A gripping journey that’s as heart-wrenching as it is healing; a reminder that the Disappeared must not be forgotten....Both the story and prose flow like a glistening Rio de la Plata....De Robertis’ writing...from beginning to end hypnotizes with poetic, crushing beauty.”
"Review" by , “Impressive....Bold....In an artful blend of beauty and horror, De Robertis has made the disappeared visible once again. With that, she has done them — and us — a great service.”
"Review" by , “This ambitious narrative...is propulsive and emotionally gripping....Culminating in a wrenching catharsis about rebirth and healing.”
"Review" by , “[Perla] is a literary descendant of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, but very much its own achingly original, hauntingly lyrical outing.”
"Review" by , “It’s no exaggeration to say I’ve rarely read a more poetic novel than Carolina De Robertis’ Perla. What makes it doubly impressive is the subject matter that this author takes on....De Robertis is a new voice for Latin America, following in the footsteps of Isabel Allende, and dare I say it, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.”
"Review" by , “De Robertis skillfully weaves a lyrical voice around her characters that treats victims, perpetrators, and bystanders with the same care and honesty. The result is a powerfully humanizing effort that examines a nation struggling with a very dark, recent past.”
"Review" by , “Lyrically combining into reality both the fantastic and the horrific, De Robertis weaves a beautiful and plain-faced tale about birth, rebirth, and the responsibility of inheritance from complex, startling history.”
"Review" by , “An elegantly written and affecting meditation on life in the wake of atrocity.”
"Synopsis" by , From the author of the international bestseller, The Invisible Mountain, comes Perla, a coming-of-age story based on one of the darkest chapters in Argentinean history.

Growing up as a privileged only child in Buenos Aires, Perla Correa learned early on not to discuss the profession of her naval officer father in a country still reeling from the abuses of a deposed military dictatorship. But when an uninvited visitor appears in Perla’s home, this encounter sets her on 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.

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