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Kate Harrington possesses fierceness and sensuality as the protagonist of Trasandes’ engaging first novel. The survivor of childhood abuse from a Humbert Humbert–like stepfather, Kate pursues healing through writing an anthropological study of international sex workers. Her book’s title, From the Me Hurt to the Me Healed Generation, shows Trasandes’ ability to use irony without undermining serious subjects. In Kate’s personal life, she moves between two very different lovers—Louis, a friend from adolescence, and Angela, a fellow student from a study-abroad program in Spain. When Kate suffers a serious injury in a car accident in Spain, Louis, Angela, and Kate’s absurdly villainous stepfather all end up in Ibiza, where they must make decisions about their beloved’s fragile future. The novel can be confusing, with frequent shifts in time, place, and point of view, but Kate’s vivid character is an anchor. As Trasandes demonstrates, one of the best ways to honor a person or place is to delight in sensory pleasure. --Carolyn Alessio

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“In Monica Trasandes’s gifted hands a terrible accident becomes a wonderful opportunity to explore the intricate lives of her three main characters.  As this sparkling novel moves effortlessly between present and past, America and Ibiza, we gradually learn how Angela, Louis and Kate have come together and missed each other over and over.  The urgent question of whether they will do so again drives the novel to its suspenseful, and heartbreaking, climax.  Broken Like This is a richly rewarding novel.”--Margot Livesey author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy

 

"With remarkable sweep and detail, Monica Trasandes deftly explores the shifting boundaries between love and friendship in their many forms. Broken Like This is complex, thrilling, and beautifully written."--Matthew Gallaway, author of The Metropolis Case

 

“Right from its gripping opening scene, Monica Trasandes's debut novel is a potent cocktail of languor and urgency.

Like Kate, Louis, and Angela--who seek love, redemption, and one another—Broken Like This is savvy, compassionate, and unforgettable.”--Michelle Wildgen, senior editor, Tin House, author of You’re Not You and But Not For Long

 

Broken Like This is an unflinching and tender story of triangulated love; Trasandes offers a wise, beautifully-rendered inquiry into how love unhinges, sustains, and remaps our very souls.”--Tara Ison, author of The List

 

"An engaging and impressively rangy first novel about how longing for a beautiful yet elusive young woman transforms the lives of two of her lovers. In locales as far-reaching as Los Angeles and Ibiza and Brooklyn, Monica Trasandes renders something universal: the changeable chemistry of romance and the warping effects of hidden desire. A memorable debut."--Ralph Sassone, author of The Intimates

 

"An evocative and heartbreaking story of modern love."--Sarah Winman, 2011 Galaxy National Book Award-winner for When God was a Rabbit

 

 “Set in California and Spain, Broken Like This is about the intimacy of friendship and love. It is a novel that is timeless in the questions that it raises about family, timely in the ways that it seeks to redefine family. Ultimately, the power of this book is its ability to embrace paradox, to prove that one person can love two people; that past and present do co-exist; that a book can be both riveting and relentless, tender and transformative.”—Lori Ostlund, author of The Bigness of the World, Winner of the 79th California Book Award for First Fiction and the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award

 

“Monica Trasandes's novel about the delicate dance between loneliness and love takes the reader from California to Brooklyn to Brazil, but its true destination is the human heart. An enthralling and beguiling debut.”--Jon Michaud, author of When Tito Loved Clara

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125000683X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250006837
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,885,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The end will blow you over.
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This is a beautifully written and wonderful story about people and relationships and how deep and complex both are.
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"I think the person who truly loves has a way of looking at you that illuminates you from the inside.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hamptons NY on November 27, 2012
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"I think the person who truly loves has a way of looking at you that illuminates you from the inside. And from that look, from that feeling grows everything else that is worth keeping close." Powerful words such as these are what makes this book 'worth keeping close' (long after finishing it). These words teach us how to find the joy that seems so elusive throughout the book and in our own lives. Monica Trasandes takes us on a journey through 'taboo' realms: exposing hidden secrets, lost innocence, powerlessness, parental abuse & denial, the struggle to trust again, others' feelings of guilt and raw rage, forgiveness, and the healing power of love and letting go. This story strikes deep in the heart, "in the deepest - and the best- part" of who we are. The author dedicates this book to "all the brave girls of the world," and I can't help but feel that she is one of the bravest of them all. I look forward to her next book. I only hope it doesn't make me cry quite as much. I very highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frances Fernandes on January 25, 2013
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There seems to be a temptation among authors who write about the gay experience to cleve either to an idealistic or a fatalistic idea. Not so Monica Trasandes, whose novel about two friends who travel to Europe to be with their severely injured friend, captures relationships and sexuality in all their complexity. This well-written story of love and loss suffers from none of the awkwardness of a first novel. Not only are the characters well-rounded, the sense of place -- L.A., Boston, Madrid, Majorca -- sting with authenticity. Dip into this book and the lives and longings of these character will become your own
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By Drew on March 15, 2013
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This book is beautifully, full of poetry in the words. It is a mediation on first love and the desire that brings two people together, both in good and bad ways. It is structured with many flashbacks, watching the lovers in their life -and-death drama in the present (of 1994), and then going back 10 years through their mutual meetings, courtships, and first kisses. The end will blow you over.
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By Apeyjay on November 1, 2013
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This is one of those books you get so sucked into that you clear your weekend plans and stay in to finish it.
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By Phyllis Brown on July 10, 2013
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Well written story. Unusual situation involving three people, two women and a man . Basically a love story that was brought to a satisfying, but sad, conclusion
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broken like this is a very unique story line, it kept me interested throughout the whole book, worth the read
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By Book Addict on December 29, 2012
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This is a beautifully written and wonderful story about people and relationships and how deep and complex both are. Some of the beauty in this novel comes from the author's ability to both directly and indirectly portray the characters on so many levels. I highly recommend this novel!
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