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Product Details

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Corcovado Press (October 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983019703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983019701
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,876,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Roa Lynn was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She has lived in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Salt Lake City, New York and Washington, D.C. She has been a print and television journalist and a government administrator and has written about Brazilian history, economics, and culture for the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C. In recognition of these writings, she was decorated in 1997 with the Order of Rio Branco by the Brazilian government.

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Roa Lynn was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She has lived in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Salt Lake City, New York and Washington, D.C. She has been a print and television journalist and a government administrator and has written about Brazilian history, economics, and culture for the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C. In recognition of these writings, she was decorated in 1997 with the Order of Rio Branco by the Brazilian government.

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Few good novelists are also fine poets; so this is an unexpected plus.
tradelady
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in Brazil especially in the light of today with Brazil's new woman president.
Judith D. Hallet
The author does an excellent job developing the characters, and I was surprised by how attached I become to several of them.
Christopher Khan

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dgmorrison on November 22, 2010
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This is a very good book. I enjoyed reading it from beginning to end . . and hated to see it end, as it did. Roa Lynn's extensive research and personal experience provide the reader with sound, helpful, historical information about Brazil, and Rio in particular, while weaving an entertaining and thought provoking plot around the experiences of lead character Kate (E. Catherine Lawrence, journalist & poet). In the course of the book the reader can get very attached to Kate, as she is an interesting mix of both her desire to be independent and a strong reliance on others to give her both comfort and challenges, while helping her to keep her act together and on track. Her adventures and misadventures, as she adjusts to life in Rio, and her interaction with the other characters, only some of which were Brazilians, was well thought out by Roa Lynn, and enlightening to experience as the plot unfolded. As a first novel, this is a winner, and I look forward to future writings by Roa Lynn as well. Hopefully, we'll learn more about Rio de Janeiro, especially as Brazil moves into the 21st Century. Farewell Rio is a good read. Kudos to Roa Lynn.
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Farewell Rio is a delicious old-fashioned romance with edge, set in a cidade mais linda do mundo (the most beautiful city in the world), as the Cariocas shamelessly describe their beloved city set like a jewel between mountain and sea. Poignant and gripping, the story takes place in 1968 when Rio like much of the Western world was in turmoil, with the added complication of being under the boot of a military dictatorship. Lynn knows the city inside out and loves it with a lyrical passion: "In Rio the atmosphere teases with possibilities...The soft air beckons to beauty, to romance without pain...to excitement beyond reach," she writes, transporting the reader on gossamer wings to a cidade maravilhosa where the samba was born and the bossa nova invented. Farewell Rio is a book to curl up with on a cold winter's night in front of a crackling fire.-- Loral Dean, Toronto
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By tradelady on November 29, 2010
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This book is an excellent combination of romance, adventure, and a chance to learn about the history and culture of Brazil, a country all Americans should know more about. Many of the current leaders of Brazil were forged in the fire of the late 1960s when this story takes place. An unusual feature of this book is that each chapter begins with a short poem, ostensibly by the main character but, of course, written by the author, Ms. Lynn. Few good novelists are also fine poets; so this is an unexpected plus. If you are not ready to try a complete novel by this relatively new author, you could read Persisting, a short story or novella by the same writer which is a sort of "prequel" to Farewell Rio with the same lead character, an interesting woman writer. I personally recommend going straight for the novel first.
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I curled up on my couch, in front of the fireplace, and read Farewell Rio from start to finish. I had anticipated a love story and it was. But it was also a primer on Brazilian life, culture, and politics. I feel as though I dropped in to Rio for a very brief visit. Clearly Roa Lynn has Brazil under her skin and brings the reader along for the ride.
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