From Publishers Weekly
Cobo's sweet debut novel is the story of two women—a mother and daughter—and the love affairs that irrevocably changed their lives. Gabriella, 21, is a piano prodigy raised by her wealthy grandmother in Colombia and her movie producer father in Los Angeles. Her mother, Helena, was a renowned photographer who died when Gabriella was four. When she attends a party in the Hollywood Hills, Gabriella meets Angel, the man of her dreams. There's one catch: he's a mobster. As Gabriella tries to reconcile her conflicted feelings toward Angel, she discovers her mother's diary. Soon she is drawn into Helena's secret life, one that involved a passionate love affair. Betrayed and confused, Gabriela tries to find her mother's lover. But when her own romance begins to spiral out of control, Gabriella must come to terms with the fact that she's very much her mother's daughter. Cobo's well-drawn characters help bolster the story when Gabriella's tragic romance occasionally slides into melodrama. The smooth prose and authentic Colombian settings provide a unique spin to familiar territory. (Oct.)
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"[A] poignant tale of truths hidden and laid bare." (Booklist
"The smooth prose and authentic Colombian settings provide a unique spin to familiar territory." (Publishers Weekly
"A good story, delicately told with pathos and compassion." (BookLoons Reviews
"This heart-wrenching story focuses on how memories permeate the everyday, the relationship between mothers and daughters, and the role family plays in our most intimate relationships." (RT Book Reviews
"Con una trama que deja al lector preguntando por una continuación de esta historia, la periodista y pianista Leila Cobo ingresa con el pie derecho al mundo de la novela con su primer libro, Tell Me Something True.
("With a story that leaves the reader wanting more, journalist and pianist Leila Cobo enters the literary world on the right foot with her first novel, Tell Me Something True
"This first novel, one of the best that I have read all year, throws question after question at the reader and tosses us all back to our first loves and the choices we may or may not have made....Relentless an absolutely honest, the surprise ending is unbeatable. Wonderful writing, content, themes and characters... this novel is a must read. Bravo!" (www.thereviewbroads.com
"Raw, passionate, honest and fearless." (Examiner.com
)"Tell Me Something True
is an utterly wonderful and riveting book that had me in its clutches from the first page. It is lyrical and sensual with no word out of place. The character development is perfect, deep and meaningful, bringing the reader into the heart of the protagonists and their lives. In a sense, this novel sang to me in its poignant story of great loves." (www.mostlyfiction.com
"[Tell Me Something True
] is a well told story. The characters are alive and maintain a reader's interest until the last word." (Midwest Book Review