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“This is one of those books that couldn’t be timelier, more beautiful, or more wrenching. One young woman’s journey into the dark heart of Argentina’s Dirty War. De Robertis is an extraordinarily courageous writer who only gets better with every book.” —Junot Díaz, Latina Magazine
“De Robertis brings the best of two cultures to bear in her work, melding the Latin literary tradition of magical realism with a thoroughly modern, politically charged North American sensibility. . . [her] extraordinary gift makes this brave, important book an object of beauty.” —Meredith Maran, Chicago Tribune
“A gripping journey that’s as heart-wrenching as it is healing; a reminder that the Disappeared must not be forgotten. . . . Both the story and prose flow like a glistening Rio de la Plata. . . De Robertis’ writing from beginning to end hypnotizes with poetic, crushing beauty.” —Cindy Wolfe Boynton, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“De Robertis holds the reader’s attention with her entrancingly rhythmic and pulsating prose. . . [her] voice is distinctive and her novel vivid and memorable.” —Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal
“In an artful blend of beauty and horror, De Robertis has made the disappeared visible once again. With that, she has done them—and us—a great service.” —Marla Southgate, The San Francisco Chronicle
“Mesmerizing. . . a moving, poetic novel about the costs of revolution and the evolutionary process that is identity.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“It’s no exaggeration to say I’ve rarely read a more poetic novel than Carolina De Robertis’ Perla. What makes it doubly impressive is the subject matter that this author takes on. . . De Robertis is a new voice for Latin America, following in the footsteps of Isabel Allende, and dare I say it, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.” —Herta B. Freely, Washington Independent Book Review
“De Robertis skillfully weaves a lyrical voice around her characters that treats victims, perpetrators, and bystanders with the same care and honesty. The result is a powerfully humanizing effort that examines a nation struggling with a very dark, recent past.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“Lyrically combining into reality both the fantastic and the horrific, De Robertis weaves a beautiful and plain-faced tale about birth, rebirth, and the responsibility of inheritance from complex, startling history.” —Annie Bostrom, Booklist (starred review)
“An elegantly written and affecting meditation on life in the wake of atrocity.” —Kirkus Reviews
I was so moved by this book. It is one of the best I've read in a long time. Beautifully written, and makes you feel so connected to what happened in Argentina's time of the... Read morePublished 5 days ago by beth east
have not finished the book yet, but if it is anything like De Robertis's first Novel, I won't put it downPublished 3 months ago by Heide Oglesby
I'm really not into "magical realism" or whatever one calls the South American tradition that's attributed to Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert B. Lamm
Incredibly beautiful, moving story weaving together the stories of the disappeared and the stolen children they left behind in Argentina's dirty war. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ilene
This book killed me, it is so beautiful. I believe the most beautiful book I've ever read. Enough.Published 8 months ago by Heidi7
Some of the most beautiful writing I've ever encountered. So many of the thought-provoking phrasing and descriptions of the human condition deserve to be remembered (I even... Read morePublished 14 months ago by J. Karpy
Incredibly creative story; heavy chapter of history woven into the lives of complex, well developed characters. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Michele in Cincy
This should be a play. I want to see this acted out. I think it would be magnificent.
Perla is a college-aged student that grew up in a privileged household in... Read more