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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Zumaya Embraces (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934841188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934841181
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,909,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications such as The Writer, Writer's Journal, Multicultural Review, and Bloomsbury Review, among many others. Represented by Serendipity Literary.

She lives in Belgium with her husband of 25+ years, 2 wonderful kids, and her two beloved pets. When she's not writing, reading, editing or reviewing, she enjoys walking her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Visit her website at www.MayraCalvani.com. For her children's books, visit www.MayrasSecretBookcase.com.

Favorite writing quotes:

"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you." ~Ray Bradbury

"Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand." ~George Orwell, "Why I Write," 1947

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Talk about a nutty twisty book this is it and all in good fun.
Barbara Hightower
Ms. Calvani has a gift for describing a scene that makes the reader, at least this reader, feel like she's there, experiencing the events along with the characters.
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The author does a great job exposing the deranged and macabre ways of the other characters in the story.
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Format: Paperback
Sunstruck was of interest to me in part because the author Calvani lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico and this is where Sunstruck comes to life. Having been born in Puerto Rico myself I found it fascinating to run into an author from the island. I found Sunstruck to be quite funny and throughout the book I caught myself laughing many times. The crazy characters and atmosphere of Old San Juan create a perfect narrative for this mix of madness. Daniella the main character seems like a regular college student until you step into her life and meet her psychotic friends. For a little while you feel Daniella's mother, a widow is the only sane one, until you find out what her true interests are. While her best and only friend fills her ear with her amor for a priest, Daniella feels there are more important things to think about. Like Zorro the psycho going around leaving his mark on the rear ends of woman. Sunstruck is like a nutty Whodunit with a little twist. Who really is in the Zorro costume? With all the crazy characters I caught myself pointing fingers again and again. A great read that will make you forget where you are, while you giggle yourself to complete oblivion from all the silliness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret L. Fieland on April 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
Daniella, an architecture student living in San Juan, is surrounded with mysteries. Why has Ishmael, Daniella's ex-husband, opened a hotel for animals? Why are young women disappearing, not even leaving a body behind? Who is Zorro, a masked man marking min-skirted young women on the rear?
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Calvini has assembled a wonderfully weird cast of characters: Daniella herself, an architecture student who keeps getting involved with the wrong kind of man, her mother, fond of retail therapy, Ismael, Daniella's ex-husband, now married to the truly creepy Irene, nicknamed appropriately Lady Dracula by Daniella, Tony, Daniella's handsome, self-centered artist boyfriend, and the mysterious Zorro.

Mayra Calvini is a master of wit. The descriptions contain just the right telling detail, as when she describes Daniella's red hair as the color you'd get if you mixed brandy, carrots, and raspberries in a blender. Calvini makes the absurd seem reasonable. I found myself nodding at death from hiccups, coffee enemas, and drugged cats. The writing is exquisite, and the narrative strangely compelling. Do yourself a favor and snap this one up.
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What do a naive and deeply sensitive college student, a modern-day Zorro who goes around slashing the rear ends of women in mini-skirts, a smug and selfish artist with a love of LSD, an ex-husband with his eye on revenge, a woman who collects torture devices, and a socialist--maybe communist--best friend who is in love with a priest, have in common?

They all live in steamy San Juan, Puerto Rico and they can all be found in "Sunstruck", the latest release from talented author Mayra Calvani.

I've read several books by Calvani, but nothing could have prepared me for what I found in "Sunstruck". Realizing how difficult satire can be to pull off, Calvani's witty prose captured me right away and kept me turning the pages.

Written in third person present--a challenge in and of itself--"Sunstruck" tells the story of Daniella, a college student studying architecture, who is trying to find her place in the world while surrounded by the most bizarre individuals.

From Tony, her live-in boyfriend whose obsession with LSD is only equal to his hatred for Daniella's cat, to Daniella's ex-husband who is married to a woman better known as Lady Dracula because of her gothic appearance and strange collection of torture devices, the further into this book you get, the stranger they all become. Just when you think you've got the situation figured out, you discover you're not quite there yet.

Calvani has taken human nature and put it under a microscope--a warped and slightly cracked microscope.

Proving once again that she is a master storyteller in multiple genres, "Sunstruck" by Mayra Calvani is both witty and brilliant.
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By Anne K. Edwards on March 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Talented author, Mayra Calvani, gives the reader a treat as she raises the curtain on the world of Daniella, a young woman in search of a purpose for being as she mixes with a delightful cast of characters who, while they may not provide her with answers, do provide the reader with a great deal of insight into human nature as might be seen looking at the world through rose colored glasses with broken lenses.

"Using what this reader would call sideways thinking, the author provides insightful glimpses into human nature. Beware of smug assumptions that what you find on the surface is what is being said. A tale of change told with laughter touched with lost innocence, Sunstruck will seep into your mind and stay with you long after you've finished the book.
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By Brenda Demko on September 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I'd give it three and 1/2 stars if I could. I can't say I liked it but it was enjoyable.

Sunstruck was a unique book. The plot was full of bizarre characters and intrigue.

If you are looking for something quirky, this may be just what you're looking for!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. It was honestly unlike anything I've ever read before.
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