El club social de las chicas temerarias (The Dirty Girls Social Club)

El club social de las chicas temerarias (The Dirty Girls Social Club)

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by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
     
 

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Spanish Language Edition of The Dirty Girls Social Club

A vibrant, can’t-put-it-down novel of six friends—each one an unforgettable Latina woman in her late ‘20s—and the complications and triumphs in their lives

Inseparable since their days at Boston University almost ten years before, six friends form the Dirty

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Spanish Language Edition of The Dirty Girls Social Club

A vibrant, can’t-put-it-down novel of six friends—each one an unforgettable Latina woman in her late ‘20s—and the complications and triumphs in their lives

Inseparable since their days at Boston University almost ten years before, six friends form the Dirty Girls Social Club, a mutual support and (mostly) admiration society that no matter what happens to each of them (and a lot does), meets regularly to dish, dine and compare notes on the bumpy course of life and love.

Las sucias are:

—Lauren, the resident “caliente” columnist for the local paper, which advertises her work with the line “her casa is su casa, Boston”, but whose own home life has recently involved hiding in her boyfriend’s closet to catch him in the act

—Sara, the perfect wife and mother who always knew exactly the life she wanted and got it, right down to the McMansion in the suburbs and two boisterious boys, but who is paying a hefty price

—Amber, the most idealistic and artistic member of the club, who was raised a valley girl without a word of Spanish and whose increasing attachment to her Mexica roots coincides with a major record label’s interest in her rock ‘n’ roll

—Elizabeth, the stunning black Latina whose high profile job as a morning television anchor conflicts with her intensely private personal life, which would explain why the dates the other dirty girls set her up on never work out

—Rebecca, intense and highly controlled, who flawlessly runs Ella, the magazine she created for Latinas, but who can’t explain why she didn’t understand the man she married and now doesn’t even share a room with; and

—Usnavys, irrepressible and larger than life, whose agenda to land the kind of man who can keep her in Manolo Blahniks and platanos almost prevents her seeing true love when it lands in her lap.

There’s a lot of catching up to do.

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This is the Spanish-language translation of the much-talked-about debut novel by Valdes-Rodriguez that is already high on the New York Times best seller list. A seasoned reporter that critics have compared to Terry McMillan, Valdes-Rodriguez got a hefty advance at auction for this novel, and Jennifer Lopez's production company has bought the film rights. A motley crew of six ambitious and professional Latinas who met 10 years ago at Boston University reunite every six months to catch up with one another. All in their late 20s and from a variety of backgrounds but without foreign accents, they resist society's efforts to pigeonhole them through Latina stereotypes. They are trying to discover their niche in the world as they struggle to find suitable mates. Imperfect and not idealized, irreverent and not properly WASP, they call themselves sucias ("dirty"), which has been cleverly translated here as temerarias ("daring," "unconventional"). This is a world Valdes-Rodriguez knows well: She comes from a Cuban-Irish background and was raised in Albuquerque, NM. "My mission in the book," she told the Chicago Tribune, "is to prove that the Latino category does not exist." Thus, her protagonists don't break stereotypes; the stereotypes simply don't apply to them. Not Latin bombshells or politically unpredictable, they don't wash their clothes by the river or engage in Third World or magic realism musings. Although some may consider this debut frivolous chick lit, the novel provides painless cultural savvy. Translator Lamami de Clairac uses a general Spanish, avoiding the Mexican, Dominican, Colombian, Puerto Rican, and Cuban idioms that the protagonists could use given their backgrounds. This is agood move, as a translation full of idioms would not be realistic: The six girls live in an English-speaking world, and most don't even know Spanish. Valdes-Rodriguez's bright use of language loses something in translation, but this version is still a fun and easy read. Generally recommended as one of the best beach books this year.
—Dolores M. Koch, New York City Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Lauren, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Sara, Amber, and Usnavys ("oohs-nah'vees"), or the sucias (dirty girls), as they call themselves, have been friends for the past decade, since their days at Boston University. They're all Latina, but they're as varied as the culture itself, representing different shapes, sizes, religions, ethnicities, and skin tones. Their approach to being Latina is diverse, too, ranging from denial to cultural confusion to ultra-militancy. As close as sisters, these young women meet every six months in Boston and discuss their problems and their triumphs, but it is their unspoken secrets that add the edge to their relationships. Former Boston Globe journalist Valdes-Rodriguez has written an incredible first novel, told in six distinct voices and points of view. As each of the women speaks, the lives of the others unfold just a little bit more. The early buzz on this book already has the media calling Valdes-Rodriguez "the Latina Terry McMillan," but this is truly a universal friendship book, crossing cultural lines as the characters advise, comfort, and support each other. Highly recommended for popular fiction collections of all sizes. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/03.]-Shelley Mosley, Glendale P.L., AZ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312318123
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Edition description:
Spanish Language Edition of The Dirty Girls Social Club
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,184,352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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