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Evenings At the Argentine Club (09 Edition)

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"In Amante's warmhearted if flat debut, the Argentine Club provides a place for Argentinean immigrants living in Southern California to keep their cultural traditions alive. For Victoria Torres, 28 and still living with her parents, it also offers the backdrop for a big surprise when her childhood friend, Eric Ortelli, shows up. He's also 28 and single and appears one night at the club like an Adonis. Victoria's immediately attracted but wary as Eric enlists her interior decorating help for his real estate business. Meanwhile, Victoria's parents suffer through marital unrest, and Eric's parents wonder if Eric's home to stay. While Victoria's an engaging lead and the romance that eventually develops between her and Eric is sweet, the story lacks passion, conflict and spice — a real shame, given the possibilities. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Victor and Jaqueline Torres imagined moving to the U.S. would bring happiness and prosperity-instead they found a world of frustration. While Victor put long hours into his restaurant business, Jaqui devoted her life to her daughters, until they grew up and moved on. Even their eldest, Victoria, is torn trying to reconcile being the perfect Argentine daughter and an independent American woman. Antonio and Lucia Orteli face the same realities, especially when their only son Eric leaves their close-knit Argentine community in pursuit of his own dreams. When Eric unexpectedly shows up at the Argentine Club-the heart of the Argentine community in southern California-he starts a series of events that will bring these two families closer than ever. New relationships are formed and old ones are put to the test, as everyone must learn how to balance different cultures-and different dreams-without hurting those they love.

About the Author

Julia Amante had the misfortune of growing up away from the extended family that is so valued in the Latin culture, but missed out on very little of what it means to be Argentine. Asados were sacred meals shared together on weekends. Cheering for the Argentine soccer team was a must, as were the weekly pilgrimages to the Argentine Club in Los Angeles where the young Americanized kids hid under the tables and watched the adults dance tango until the wee hours of the morning. Julia giggled right along with the rest of the kids at how "geeky" the parents looked, but secretly, was intrigued by the romantic culture and passionate music.

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gaby317, October 18, 2009 (view all comments by gaby317)
"To every Argentine immigrant, July 9 is a day that brings back memories of family celebrations centered around food, wine, and heart-pounding renditions of national theme playing on every radio and TV across the nation. July 9 is Independence Day. A day of freedom and new beginnings. But to those Argentines living in America, it's also a day to admit with a fair amount of guilt that they chose to give up their old life for the intangible, unexplainable dream of. . . something better."

- Evenings at the Argentine Club by Julia Amante

So opens, Julia Amante's newest work, Evenings at the Argentine Club. Julia Amante fashions a story around the lives of two families that have emigrated from Argentina to the United States. She captures with depth and sympathy the points of view of the many and diverse characters.

You'll meet the Torres family. At twenty-eight years, Victoria, has worked for the family restaurant, La Parilla, and the Argentine Cafe, ever since she left college. Vivacious, organized, and kind, she has handled the decorations, celebrations, daycare and helped develop a sense of community. It's been seemed natural for her to step in, so much so, that she's hasn't considered going after her own dreams but this changes. Victor Torres, her ambitious and protective father, who dreams of opening a chain of successful restaurants and returning back to Buenos Aires with his lovely wife. Jacqueline Torres, who has made her family her life and is only now allowing herself to feel lonely and disaffected with her daughter gone. Fortunately, Jacqueline is well loved and easy to befriend - her old friends and new help her ride the transition and find her own path.

The Ortelli family has its own secrets. Eric Ortelli, the successful son, visits home for the first time in years. He spent years building a career and business from scratch. He doesn't expect the hostility and disapproval from his old friends and the Argentine community, but he's determined to make a success of his new venture and to help Victoria with the changes in her life. His father Antonio Ortelli was disappointed when Eric chose not to go to law school but he tries to understand his son's new business. Antonio tries to offer his advice and get involved in Eric's business, but his optimism and business naivete threatens their fragile relationship. Lucia Ortelli is happy just to have her family together in one roof. Lucia can't help dreaming that her Eric will fall in love with her best friend's daughter Victoria and that the young couple will choose to make their lives in the neighborhood.

I thoroughly enjoyed Evenings at the Argentine Club for many reasons. What I loved most about the book is how it captures so well the longings, sacrifices, and the compromises that accompany the immigrant experience. Each person balances the desire to succeed in their new country with the love and longing for a place or time that was left behind.

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (September 25, 2009), 352 pages.
Review copy provided by Hatchette Book Group.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446581622
Author:
Amante, Julia
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Immigrants -- United States.
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Immigrants; Nightclubs; Young women; Identity; Falling in love; Family relationships; Heritage
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 x 1 in 0.64 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Amante's warmhearted if flat debut, the Argentine Club provides a place for Argentinean immigrants living in Southern California to keep their cultural traditions alive. For Victoria Torres, 28 and still living with her parents, it also offers the backdrop for a big surprise when her childhood friend, Eric Ortelli, shows up. He's also 28 and single and appears one night at the club like an Adonis. Victoria's immediately attracted but wary as Eric enlists her interior decorating help for his real estate business. Meanwhile, Victoria's parents suffer through marital unrest, and Eric's parents wonder if Eric's home to stay. While Victoria's an engaging lead and the romance that eventually develops between her and Eric is sweet, the story lacks passion, conflict and spice — a real shame, given the possibilities. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Victor and Jaqueline Torres imagined moving to the U.S. would bring happiness and prosperity-instead they found a world of frustration. While Victor put long hours into his restaurant business, Jaqui devoted her life to her daughters, until they grew up and moved on. Even their eldest, Victoria, is torn trying to reconcile being the perfect Argentine daughter and an independent American woman. Antonio and Lucia Orteli face the same realities, especially when their only son Eric leaves their close-knit Argentine community in pursuit of his own dreams. When Eric unexpectedly shows up at the Argentine Club-the heart of the Argentine community in southern California-he starts a series of events that will bring these two families closer than ever. New relationships are formed and old ones are put to the test, as everyone must learn how to balance different cultures-and different dreams-without hurting those they love.
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