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The Gods of Tango: A novel by [De Robertis, Carolina]
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This beautifully lyrical story opens in 1913, when Leda, a young woman from a small village in Italy, sails to Buenos Aires to join her husband, Dante, who emigrated three years earlier. Upon arrival, she learns Dante was killed; she now has to figure out how to survive in a place with no opportunities for women. After many nights of listening to musicians playing on local streets, she picks up her violin and begs to be taught how to play the tango. This is a scandalous request—at this point in history, the tango is played only in brothels and back alley clubs, never in places frequented by respectable people, particularly women. Yet her request is granted. Rather than risk falling into poverty and prostitution, Leda takes her husband's clothing and name and decides to live as a man, which enables her to find work as a musician. Leda, now Dante, slips away to a distant neighborhood where no one knows her and begins her new life. The evolution of her life as a man and as a musician is told alongside the social history of Argentina as well as the history of the tango as it changes over time, affected by assorted cultural and class influences. Beautifully written erotic love scenes make this book better suited for older teens. VERDICT This lush story of love, passion, and tango will appeal to older teen fans of romance and historical fiction.—Carla Riemer, Claremont Middle School, CA

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A San Francisco Chronicle and NBC News Latino Best Book of the Year

Winner of the Stonewall Book Award

“Ambitious and audacious. . . . A rousing tale of sex, violence, exhilaration, poverty, luck and redemption.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Bold and mesmerizing. . . . Woven of many strands, the novel is absorbing, tightly crafted. . . . Passages hum in step with the tempos of the tango, seducing the reader to continue turning the pages.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

“[De Robertis] is a natural storyteller. . . . The book’s relentlessly propulsive story of gender-switching in a perilous time . . . keep us rapt, turning the pages.” —The Washington Post
 
“[The tango is] a sound charged with the attitude and yearnings of Argentina’s immigrant class, its raw passions and unleashed frustrations. . . . De Robertis’s writing harnesses that physicality and sexual energy.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Like the dance from which it takes its title, The Gods of Tango is confident, sensual, wildly romantic.” —The Columbus Dispatch
 
“You think you’re reading one novel but, then, suddenly you realize you’re reading another. This is the dazzling transformation that slowly comes upon you reading Carolina De Robertis’s rapturous novel. . . . The Gods of Tango transforms the history of a frenetic musical genre, as the music itself transformed the lives of those who created it.” —Counterpunch
 
“Hypnotic. . . De Robertis’ passionate prose captures the rhythms of the tango, ensnaring us in its twists and twirls.” —The Seattle Times
 
“Epic. . . . Cross-dressing Leda is an indelible character.” —San Jose Mercury News
 
“Filled with the visceral sights and sounds of 20th century Argentina.” —Los Angeles Times
 
“[A] lavish, colourful, poignant novel. . . . De Robertis’s prose is full and lush, painting the worlds of the conventillo slums, dingy brothels, opulent nightclubs. The tango music is almost audible, the sex scenes believably steamy.” —Toronto Star
 
“De Robertis masterfully navigates the sensuous world of Buenos Aires’ rich musical heritage, and writes bravely and compassionately.” —Bustle.com 
 
“Beautifully realized . . . as evocative and textured as the tango itself. De Robertis deserves to share fans with the likes of Isabel Allende and Julia Alvarez, not just for creating similar settings but for masterly storytelling.” —Library Journal (starred)
 
“Riveting. . . . De Robertis weaves exquisite rhythms into this provocative novel.” —BBC.com
 
“There is something inherently alluring about the tango. . . . [The Gods of Tango] captures that allure in a rich feast of history and human drama.” —Booklist (starred review)
 
“Sensuous, thoughtful and beautifully rendered.” —Huffington Post
 
“De Robertis has done the joyous and affirming work of reclaiming history in her novel.” —Lambda Literary
 
“Beautifully written. . . . [The Gods of Tango] makes for a poetic read, with De Robertis penning effortlessly lyrical sentences.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“Celebrated Latin American author Carolina De Robertis bestows an evocative and historically rich narrative in her newest work.” —Muses & Visionaries Magazine
 
“A plea to embrace ‘the bright jagged thing you really are,’ and De Robertis captures the enormity of that struggle.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“Atmospheric and fascinating…couldn’t be more topical: a great story of passion and gender.” —Omnivoracious (The Amazon Book Review) 
 
“A sensuous and beautiful book.” —Saskia Sarginson, author of Without You and The Other Me

Product details

  • File Size: 4119 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1 edition (July 7, 2015)
  • Publication Date: July 7, 2015
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OEXM6SS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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