Tell Me Something True

Tell Me Something True

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by Leila Cobo
     
 

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Gabriella always loved the picture of her mother kneeling in front of a bed of roses, smiling, beautiful and impossibly happy. But then she learns that her late mother hated gardening; that she had never wanted the house in the Hollywood hills, the successful movie producer husband, and possibly, her only daughter. When Gabriella discovers a journal—a book

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Gabriella always loved the picture of her mother kneeling in front of a bed of roses, smiling, beautiful and impossibly happy. But then she learns that her late mother hated gardening; that she had never wanted the house in the Hollywood hills, the successful movie producer husband, and possibly, her only daughter. When Gabriella discovers a journal—a book that begins as a new mother's letters to her baby girl, but becomes a secret diary—the final entry leaves one question unanswered: the night her mother died, was she returning to Colombia to end an affair, or was she abandoning her family for good?

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"[A] poignant tale of truths hidden and laid bare."
BookLoons Reviews
"A good story, delicately told with pathos and compassion."
RT Book Reviews
"This heart-wrenching story focuses on how memories permeate the everyday, the relationship between mothers and daughters, and the role family plays in our most intimate relationships."
Semana
"Con una trama que deja al lector preguntando por una continuación de esta historia, la periodista y pianista Leila Cobo ingresa con el pie derecho al mundo de la novela con su primer libro, Tell Me Something True." -Semana ("With a story that leaves the reader wanting more, journalist and pianist Leila Cobo enters the literary world on the right foot with her first novel, Tell Me Something True."
www.thereviewbroads.com
"This first novel, one of the best that I have read all year, throws question after question at the reader and tosses us all back to our first loves and the choices we may or may not have made....Relentless an absolutely honest, the surprise ending is unbeatable. Wonderful writing, content, themes and characters... this novel is a must read. Bravo!"
Examiner.com
"Raw, passionate, honest and fearless."
www.mostlyfiction.com
"Tell Me Something True is an utterly wonderful and riveting book that had me in its clutches from the first page. It is lyrical and sensual with no word out of place. The character development is perfect, deep and meaningful, bringing the reader into the heart of the protagonists and their lives. In a sense, this novel sang to me in its poignant story of great loves."
Midwest Book Review
"[Tell Me Something True] is a well told story. The characters are alive and maintain a reader's interest until the last word."
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"[A] poignant tale of truths hidden and laid bare."—Booklist"

The smooth prose and authentic Colombian settings provide a unique spin to familiar territory."—Publishers Weekly"

A good story, delicately told with pathos and compassion."—BookLoons Reviews"

This heart-wrenching story focuses on how memories permeate the everyday, the relationship between mothers and daughters, and the role family plays in our most intimate relationships."—RT Book Reviews"

Con una trama que deja al lector preguntando por una continuación de esta historia, la periodista y pianista Leila Cobo ingresa con el pie derecho al mundo de la novela con su primer libro, Tell Me Something True." -Semana (With a story that leaves the reader wanting more, journalist and pianist Leila Cobo enters the literary world on the right foot with her first novel, Tell Me Something True."—Semana"

This first novel, one of the best that I have read all year, throws question after question at the reader and tosses us all back to our first loves and the choices we may or may not have made....Relentless an absolutely honest, the surprise ending is unbeatable. Wonderful writing, content, themes and characters... this novel is a must read. Bravo!"—www.thereviewbroads.com"

Raw, passionate, honest and fearless."—Examiner.com

Tell Me Something True is an utterly wonderful and riveting book that had me in its clutches from the first page. It is lyrical and sensual with no word out of place. The character development is perfect, deep and meaningful, bringing the reader into the heart of the protagonists and their lives. In a sense, this novel sang to me in its poignant story of great loves."—www.mostlyfiction.com"

[Tell Me Something True] is a well told story. The characters are alive and maintain a reader's interest until the last word."—Midwest Book Review

Publishers Weekly
Cobo’s sweet debut novel is the story of two women—a mother and daughter—and the love affairs that irrevocably changed their lives. Gabriella, 21, is a piano prodigy raised by her wealthy grandmother in Colombia and her movie producer father in Los Angeles. Her mother, Helena, was a renowned photographer who died when Gabriella was four. When she attends a party in the Hollywood Hills, Gabriella meets Angel, the man of her dreams. There’s one catch: he’s a mobster. As Gabriella tries to reconcile her conflicted feelings toward Angel, she discovers her mother’s diary. Soon she is drawn into Helena’s secret life, one that involved a passionate love affair. Betrayed and confused, Gabriela tries to find her mother’s lover. But when her own romance begins to spiral out of control, Gabriella must come to terms with the fact that she’s very much her mother’s daughter. Cobo’s well-drawn characters help bolster the story when Gabriella’s tragic romance occasionally slides into melodrama. The smooth prose and authentic Colombian settings provide a unique spin to familiar territory. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
In this indulgent romantic debut, half-American, half Colombian Gabriella discovers she and her mother share a taste for forbidden men. High-flown description and sentiment, even the occasional serious theme (e.g., cross-cultural identity), do little to dress up Cobo's thin, implausible characters and storyline. Beautiful, rich Gabriella, who lost her mother Helena in a plane crash when she was four, spends her Christmases in Colombia at the home of her beautiful, rich grandmother. Twenty-one-year-old Gabriella's only worry is the pressure for perfection coming from her handsome, rich father, a filmmaker in L.A. But on her latest trip to South America, two things happen: first she finds Helena's diary, which reveals an adulterous affair, and then she falls for handsome, rich Angel Silva, the suave yet vulnerable son of a jailed Mafioso drug baron. (In case you hadn't noticed, all the protagonists here are gorgeous and wealthy.) Despite grandma's disapproval, Gabriella chooses not to resist Angel's advances. After all, she tells herself, he is not like his father; he despises drugs and makes his money as a pop promoter. (She manages to avoid the question of why Angel needs the protection of many bodyguards.) When the ecstatic couple is not together, Gabriella works on uncovering the truth about her mother, meeting Helena's lover and learning why she was on the plane that crashed. Cobo uses violence to push the plot forward as the story moves towards its predictable conclusion. A soapy melodrama with poetic aspirations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446519366
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Pages:
308
Sales rank:
720,203
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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