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Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, Sex, and Salvation

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Publisher Comments:

A writer's all-consuming passion for salsa opens the door to an unexpected world in a nonfiction tale with all the sexiness and humor of the best chick lit

Samantha Dunn is a horsewoman who's not exactly graceful-more comfortable in a barn than in a ballroom. Her introduction to salsa dancing happens by chance in a kitchen during a dinner with a blacksmith from South America. To impress this handsome man on their next date, she decides to take a dance lesson. But then the unpredictable happens: from the first steps, something about the movement and the exotic, sliding music takes hold of her.

From that point on, Dunn throws herself into the salsa culture. She soaks up the Spanish language-an easy feat in her home city of Los Angeles-and begins a peculiar relationship with her dance instructor, a local salsa celebrity. What started off as a lark becomes a quest that reframes her life, changing the way she thinks about her body, her relationships with men and women, her personal history, and even her country. She is hearing tropical rhythms in her head, taking lessons, buying Lycra, and cruising unexplored sections of the vast Southern California metropolis on weeknights in search of the sweaty, packed salsa clubs. And as Latino culture becomes ever more influential in California, she is recognizing the changes in her own life mirrored in the city she thought she knew.

Faith in Carlos Gomez is a story of a woman discovering love-for salsa dancing, for music, for a culture, and for Carlos Gomez-and determined to learn whatever steps she'll need to keep up.

Synopsis:

Horsewoman and freelance writer Dunn unexpectedly loses herself in salsa, where she finds personal insight and a whole new community.

About the Author

Samantha Dunn is the author of Not by Accident and the novel Failing Paris, which was a finalist for the PEN/West Award. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, InStyle, Shape, Self, and numerous other national publications. She lives in Southern

California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805080162
Subtitle:
A Memoir of Salsa, Sex, and Salvation
Author:
Dunn, Samantha
Publisher:
Holt Paperbacks
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Dance - General
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Dance - Ballroom
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050802
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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