Chemist channels her heartbreak into a scientific discovery in this debut novel from Latina TV producer Delgado.
After seven years of marriage, Erika Luna’s husband, Martin, catches the proverbial itch and walks out. Erika is blindsided by Martin’s duplicity when he trades her in for a younger model. She retreats from friends and family and allows her job (she’s employed by a boutique pharmaceutical firm) to suffer. Erika succumbs to exceptional emotional outbursts and displays an extraordinary cursing ability when dealing with her divorce proceedings. When she’s finally exhausted from grief, she attempts to extract something positive from her loss: She wants to invent a new drug. Erika uses herself as a guinea pig to develop an antidepressant, a pill that will ease the pain of heartbreak and allow the patient to get on with life. The hair-brained science behind the pill slows down the novel’s pace, but good for Delgado for at least giving her character an unorthodox job. The author has a knack for exposing the bloody mess of heartbreak. Things don’t serendipitously improve for Erika; she has to fall down (repeatedly) before heading down the primrose path.
There’s no need for mood-altering drugs to enjoy the plucky heroine’s story.