Books by Laura Restrepo

LAURA RESTREPO is the bestselling author of several prize-winning novels, including Leopard in the Sun, which won the Arzobispo San Clemente prize, and The Angel of Galilea, which won the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz prize in Mexico and the Prix France Cultu

DELIRIUM by Laura Restrepo
Released: March 20, 2007

"After the treacly The Angel of Galilea (1998) and the acrid Leopard in the Sun (1999), you never know what you'll get from Restrepo. Delirium is one of her better books."
A prominent Colombian family's degradation and undoing mirror their country's victimization by murderous drug lords in this ambitious novel, the author's sixth in English translation. Read full book review >
ISLE OF PASSION by Laura Restrepo
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Improbable, sure, but that's not a bad thing in a historical romance this vivid and entertaining."
The Colombian author's previously untranslated 1999 debut novel is arguably her best: a ripping yarn that recreates an obscure historical incident. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 6, 2004

"Vividly detailed, a florid fantasy that suggests the miraculous potential of hope and love in the midst of perpetual war."
The fourth from Colombian Restrepo (The Dark Bride, 2002, etc.) traces an unlikely romance between a displaced man—raised in the hell of the country's decades-long civil war—and an outsider. Read full book review >
THE DARK BRIDE by Laura Restrepo
Released: Sept. 6, 2002

"Lushly imagined but filled with clichés: basically another 'prostitute with a heart of gold' story, tarted up with references to Fellini and pretentious pronouncements about love."
Colombian Restrepo (Leopard in the Sun, 1999, etc.) offers a romantic concoction about a community of prostitutes (putas) servicing workers from the oil fields. Read full book review >
LEOPARD IN THE SUN by Laura Restrepo
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

Leopard In The Sun ($23.00; Sept. 1; 256 pp.; 0-609-60386-8): A yeasty melodrama, first published in 1993, about the violent underpinnings of her country's thriving drug trade, by the Colombian author of The Angel of Galilea (1998). It's an amusingly over-the-top tale about the "chain of blood" that links together several generations of the rival Barrag†n and Monsalve families: a bitter ongoing feud that spawns epic sexual rivalries and brutal assassinations, and features such boldly drawn characters as businesslike crime boss Mani Monsalve, emotionless "young prince of horror" Raca Barrag†n, and the imperturbably erotic "La Muda," a mature beauty whose virtue is reputedly protected by "a chastity belt with thirty-six sharp teeth in front and fifteen in back" Subtle it isn't, but Restrepo keeps the pot boiling energetically—producing an improbably entertaining, guilty-pleasure Colombian Godfather. Read full book review >
THE ANGEL OF GALILEA by Laura Restrepo
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

This fulsome first novel from Colombia portrays the changed sensibility of a woman reporter who investigates rumors that an angel has shown up in a Bogot† barrio. Initially skeptical, "La Monita" (roughly, "blondie") is gradually seduced by the simple faith of villagers insistent on the divinity of the handsome stranger (Orifiel) newly arrived among them—and, in a passage Jackie Collins may envy, by the "luminous" being h/Himself ("the angel made love to me with the instinct of an animal, the passion of a man, and the furor of a god"). Any possibility that Restrepo intends a satire on contemporary suggestibility is scuttled by rapturous italicized purple passages in which Orifiel "speaks" of his unearthly origin and earthly mission—though it remains (just barely) possible that he is, as some allege, merely an "autistic schizophrenic retard." This transparent piffle, already an international success, arrives garlanded with praises from Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garc°a M†rquez—whose tongues, one assumes, must be very sore from being held so firmly in their cheeks. Read full book review >