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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 "papa "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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 235 pages
  • 165 x 241 x 28mm | 499g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0307599590
  • 9780307599599
  • 1,096,650

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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)

"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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About Carolina De Robertis

CAROLINA DE ROBERTIS's debut novel, "The Invisible Mountain, "was an international best seller, translated into fifteen languages, and was an "O, The Oprah Magazine "2009 Terrific Read, a "San Francisco Chronicle "Best Book of the Year, and the recipient of the 2010 Rhegium Julii Debut Prize. Positive critical reception has amplified de Robertis's profile at the bookstores and online, and "Perla "will only increase the momentum.
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4 37% (543)
3 21% (309)
2 6% (83)
1 2% (35)
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