The Dirty Girls Social Club: A Novel

The Dirty Girls Social Club: A Novel

by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
The Dirty Girls Social Club: A Novel

The Dirty Girls Social Club: A Novel

by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez


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Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez's vibrant, can't-put-it-down New York Times bestselling 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 boisterous 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250765864
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/15/2020
Series: The Dirty Girls Social Club , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 412,267
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist and a former staff writer for both the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe. With more than one million books in print in eleven languages, she was included on Time magazine’s list of "25 Most Influential Hispanics," and was a Latina magazine Woman of the Year as well as an Entertainment Weekly Breakout Literary Star. She is the author of many novels, including Playing with Boys and The Husband Habit. Alisa divides her time between New Mexico and Los Angeles.

Reading Group Guide

1. Lauren spends much of her time feeling inadequate and like an imposter. What do you think these feelings are rooted in?
2. How do you think Rebecca's husband was raised to view Latinos? How does this impact their marriage? Is his disappointment in her fair, in your opinion?
3. Elizabeth is the only foreign-born of the sucias and yet she spends the least amount of time thinking about her Latin identity. There are two big reasons for this. What do you think they are?
4. Elizabeth does not seem to think her secret and her religion are at odds with one another? Why not? Do you agree?
5. Sara seems to feel some responsibility for what is happening in her home life. Do you agree that she is partly to blame? Why, or why not?
6. How could it be that Sara's home life and the image her friends have of her could be so different? Why do you think she hid the truth for so long?
7. Why does Gato finally stray in his relationship with Amber? How does Amber react? By contrast, how do you think Lauren might have reacted in the same situation?
8. Why does Usnavys think she needs to find a rich man? What in her past makes her believe this? How does this belief impact her happiness?
9. The sucias, like many groups of friends, seem to end up in sets of two. Who do you think these pairs are, and why do you think they are drawn more to each other than to any of the other friends?
10. The sucias are all Latinas, but they are also of different races, religions and backgrounds. How does this compare to images of Latinas you see in the U.S. media?

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