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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (640 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carolina De Robertis Narrator: Christine Avila Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With her distinctive storytelling abilities and indelibly drawn characters, Carolina De Robertis illuminates a dark moment in contemporary Latin America. Intimate with the region, she crafts an emotionally pitch-perfect tale of a young woman who makes a horrifying—but ultimately liberating—discovery about her origins.

Perla Correa grew up a privileged only child in Buenos Aires with a polished, aloof 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. Although Perla understands that her parents were on the wrong side of the conflict, her love for her papá is unconditional. But when she is startled by an uninvited visitor, she begins a journey that will force her to confront the unease she has long suppressed and make a wrenching decision about who she is and who she will become.

This rich human drama is based on the truth of thirty thousand disappeared Argentinean citizens and five hundred babies who were born in clandestine detention centers, torn from their mothers, and secretly given up for adoption. In the years that followed this dark time, some of these children have discovered the identities of their true families, and they continue to do so today. Perla brings history to life as only fiction can, in an intimate, unforgettable portrait of one young woman’s explosive search for truth. De Robertis unfolds a gripping and historically resonant tale with keen-eyed compassion, luminous prose, and a startling vision of the incomparable power of love.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Coco | 2/20/2014

    " Brilliant debut novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Anne | 2/18/2014

    " A good story that flows along, despite a language a bit too florid at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cheryl A | 2/18/2014

    " Spanning the bulk of the 20th century, this debut novel tells the story of Pajarita, a miracle child of the turn of the century, her daughter Eva and Eva's daughter Salome. Weaving the history of Uruguay into the family history of these three women, we see the strength of these characters as they search for love, making sacrifices for the love of their family. Bleak and horrific events are told in such a lyrical voice that the reader often doesn't realize right away how ugly the events actually are. As the century progresses, so does the complexity of the lives of the characters. Although full of both symbolism and magic realism, the author deftly wove these into the story without losing the pace of the narrative. A powerful first novel, well worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marceline | 2/10/2014

    " Spectacular. Sweeping. Touching and unforgettable characters. I can't wait for her second book. "

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