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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (390 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carolina De Robertis Narrator: Carolina De Robertis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9780307969606
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A coming-of-age story, based on a recent shocking chapter of Argentine history, about a young woman who makes a devastating discovery about her origins with the help of an enigmatic houseguest.
 
Perla Correa grew up a privileged only child in Buenos Aires, with a cold, polished mother and a straitlaced naval officer father, whose profession she learned early on not to disclose in a country still reeling from the abuses perpetrated by the deposed military dictatorship. Perla understands that her parents were on the wrong side of the conflict, but her love for her papá is unconditional. But when Perla is startled by an uninvited visitor, she begins a journey that will force her to confront the unease she has suppressed all her life, and to make a wrenching decision about who she is, and who she will become.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is one of those books that couldn’t be timelier, more beautiful, or more wrenching…De Robertis is an extraordinarily courageous writer who only gets better with every book.”

    Junot Díaz, acclaimed New York Times bestselling author

  • “Mesmerizing…A moving, poetic novel about the costs of revolution and the evolutionary process that is identity.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Haunting…A sensitive exploration of love, loyalty, and hope in the wake of atrocity.”

    New Yorker

  • “De Robertis holds the reader’s attention with her entrancingly rhythmic and pulsating prose…[Her] voice is distinctive and her novel vivid and memorable.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “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.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “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.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Impressive…Bold…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.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “This ambitious narrative…is propulsive and emotionally gripping…culminating in a wrenching catharsis about rebirth and healing.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred 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…Highly recommended for all fiction enthusiasts.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Lyrically combining into reality both the fantastic and the horrific, De Robertis weaves a beautiful tale about birth, rebirth, and the responsibility of inheritance from complex, startling history.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “An elegantly written and affecting meditation on life in the wake of atrocity.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Carolina De Robertis is a new voice for Latin America, following in the footsteps of Isabel Allende, and dare I say it, Gabriel García Márquez, among others.”

    Washington Independent Review of Books

  • A 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 1/26/2014

    " I could have done without the wet/water being, but generally grew to really enjoy this book. Until now, I knew nothing of the Dirty War, and the Disappeared. This book does for me what I look for in reading...spurring me on to learn more about what I know not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 1/12/2014

    " This book really took me by surprise. I am someone who really doesn't care for magical realism and this book contains an element of it. But somehow, in this novel it really worked. I actually think the story would not have been as compelling had it been told in a more "literal" style. I was riveted by Perla's search for truth in exploring her family's role in Argentina's deposed military dictatorship. A great story about truth, identity and family. 4 stars - I REALLY LIKED IT. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 1/7/2014

    " I am not sure where the heck this book was going..read about a 1/4 of it and said..whatis going in way too many times to continue.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrizia | 1/6/2014

    " This was a very different and intriguing book. I have friends who were in Argentina during the time this novel takes place and that is what sparked my interest. It was a quick read but sometimes confusing since you are not sure if the main character is dreaming or not. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Beth | 12/13/2013

    " I made it about 15 pages in and cast this aside. The language was lovely, but confusing. So, somehow a young woman wakes up to find a sopping wet man, real or not, I was unclear, on her carpet in the middle of the night. Instead of freaking out and calling the cops, she decides to offer him food and water and let him stay. Really? I had to actually turn back to the front flap to see if there were any clues as to what was happening. Not a good sign. While this book showed promise, and I enjoyed her previous work "The Invisible Mountain" I could find no redeeming value in going further with Perla. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Newcomer | 12/1/2013

    " What can I say, this book was disturbing but interesting. I learned something new and couldn't put the book down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hippyboi | 11/29/2013

    " Good, but expected better after Invisible Mountain "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry White | 11/25/2013

    " This was a difficult book to read because of the painful subject matter. It's a testament to her writing though that you feel every ounce of Perla's pain, confusion, and shame. Very beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pari | 11/9/2013

    " Just love Robertis's command over the language and the way she articulates the inner workings of the mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doris | 10/7/2013

    " A wonderfully engaging book. It's slow to start, but the writing is exquisite. This is a time in history that hasn't been explored in novels too often. Perla makes you feel the emotional devastation of Argentina's Dirty War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Block | 9/28/2013

    " I really loved this book. The magical realism was a brilliant convention to tell a heart wrenching story. Some passages were very graphics and difficult to read, but an important story that needs to be told and remembered. I was weeping in the final chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 12/24/2012

    " It was very difficult to get imto but about halfway through I did not want to put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlena | 11/2/2012

    " I cried at the end of the book! This is such a wonderful novel. The metaphors are awesome. The way De Robertis weaves two separate yet connected stories is spectacular. I highly recommend this novel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ktschreck | 8/11/2012

    " LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! Rec it to anyone who would listen! Its about a girl/woman during the time of the disappeared in Argentina, an unusual house guest, and finding out about her past. Also kinda magical realism... "

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About the Author
Author Carolina De RobertisCarolina De Robertis, a writer of Uruguayan origins, grew up in England, Switzerland, and California. She is the author of two previous novels, Perla and The Invisible Mountain (a Best Book of 2009 according to the San Francisco Chronicle; O, The Oprah Magazine; and Booklist), and the recipient of Italy’s Rhegium Julii Prize and a 2012 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her writings and literary translations have appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Granta, The Virginia Quarterly Review, the anthology Immigrant Voices, and elsewhere. Her novels have been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in Oakland, California.