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Author: Emma Reyes Narrator: Marisol Ramirez, Daniel Alarcón Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2017 ISBN: 9781524778576
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“Startling and astringently poetic.” —The New York Times

A literary discovery: an extraordinary account, in the tradition of The House on Mango Street and Angela’s Ashes, of a Colombian woman’s harrowing childhood


This astonishing memoir was hailed as an instant classic when first published in Colombia in 2012, nearly a decade after the death of its author, who was encouraged in her writing by Gabriel García Márquez. Comprised of letters written over the course of thirty years, and translated and introduced by acclaimed writer Daniel Alarcón, it describes in vivid, painterly detail the remarkable courage and limitless imagination of a young girl growing up with nothing.
 
Emma Reyes was an illegitimate child, raised in a windowless room in Bogotá with no water or toilet and only ingenuity to keep her and her sister alive. Abandoned by their mother, she and her sister moved to a Catholic convent housing 150 orphan girls, where they washed pots, ironed and mended laundry, scrubbed floors, cleaned bathrooms, sewed garments and decorative cloths for the nuns—and lived in fear of the Devil. Illiterate and knowing nothing of the outside world, Emma escaped at age nineteen, eventually establishing a career as an artist and befriending the likes of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera as well as European artists and intellectuals. The portrait of her childhood that emerges from this clear-eyed account inspires awe at the stunning early life of a gifted writer whose talent remained hidden for far too long.
 
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Quotes & Awards

  • "The book’s most startling element is Reyes’s clear-sighted, unsentimental remembrance of her difficult childhood…Reyes is gloriously unceremonious in her telling.”

    Paris Review

  • “Astonishing… Her early memories seem photographic—they are vivid and discrete, almost disconnected; charged with the child’s imagination and sense of drama…A marvellous storyteller.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Her writing is exceptional. Several times while reading, I gasped out loud at the beauty of her prose. It’s some of the best writing I’ve read in years.”

    NPR

  • Shortlisted for the PEN Translation Prize
  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2017 in Memoirs

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About the Author

Emma Reyes (1919–2003) was a Colombian painter and intellectual. Born in Bogotá, she also lived in Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Jerusalem, Washington, and Rome before settling in Paris. She dedicated most of her life to painting and drawing, slowly breaking through as an artist and forging friendships with some of the most distinguished European and Latin American artists, writers, and intellectuals of the twentieth century, among them Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Pier Paolo Pasolini. The year she passed away, the French government named her a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.

About the Narrators

Marisol Ramirez is an audio narrator and actress who has appeared on numerous television shows, including ER, The Mentalist, Without a Trace, and Dallas. Among her film credits are Right at Your Door and Just Cause.

Daniel Alarcón is the author of War by Candlelight, a finalist for the 2005 PEN/Hemingway Award, and Lost City Radio, named one of the best novels of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle and Washington Post, among others. His writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, n+1, and Harper’s, and he has been named one of the New Yorker’s “20 under 40.”