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Broken Like This: A Novel Hardcover – November 27, 2012
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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
“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
“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