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Chosen as a Globe 100 Best Book of the year in 2011!

A gripping, darkly comic memoir of a young underground revolutionary during the Pinochet dictatorship in 1980s Chile.

On September 11, 1973, a violent coup removed Salvador Allende, the democratically elected socialist president of Chile, from office. Thousands were arrested, tortured, and killed under General Augusto Pinochet's repressive new regime. Soon after the coup, six-year-old Carmen Aguirre and her younger sister fled the country with their parents for Canada and a life in exile.

In 1978, the Chilean resistance issued a call for exiled activists to return to Latin America. Most women sent their children to live with relatives or with supporters in Cuba, but Carmen's mother kept her precious girls with her. As their mother and stepfather set up a safe house for resistance members in La Paz, Bolivia, the girls' own double lives began. At 18, Carmen herself joined the resistance. With conventional day jobs as a cover, she and her new husband moved to Argentina to begin a dangerous new life of their own.

This dramatic, darkly funny narrative, which covers the eventful decade from 1979 to 1989, takes the reader inside war-ridden Peru, dictatorship-run Bolivia, post-Malvinas Argentina, and Pinochet's Chile. Writing with passion and deep personal insight, Aguirre captures her constant struggle to reconcile her commitment to the movement with the desires of her youth and her budding sexuality. Something Fierce is a gripping story of love, war, and resistance and a rare first-hand account of revolutionary life.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jess Hum | 2/19/2014

    " While the quality of writing did not draw me in, the questions that surfaced while reading this book made the read worthwhile. Aguirre uses her experiences, raised in an underground resistance to explore questions of identity, belonging, and the sacrifices we all make for the lifestyles we choose. This would make a good book for a book club as it is accessible and provides a lot of food for thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nancy Stringer | 2/9/2014

    " A blend of passion and loneliness fill this memoir of the author's adolescence, spent inside the resistance movement against General Pinochet's brutal dictatorship of Chile in the 1980's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah Ekateryna | 2/4/2014

    " Such an amazing firsthand experience of the resistance from the perspective of a child, teenager, then adult. Not only do you see the author grow and change personally, but you see her develop into a revolutionary herself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Victoria | 1/23/2014

    " Beautiful. Clear and elegant prose outlining a very different upbringing. "

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