Search Results: "Mayra Montero"


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DANCING TO “ALMENDRA” by Mayra Montero
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"There's simply too much of everything. Montero captures the reader's attention, but the story flies apart before the reader can take hold of it."
Organized crime and disorganized personal relations are tightly intertwined in the prolific Cuban-born Puerto Rican author's latest (The Captain of the Sleepers, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN OF THE SLEEPERS by Mayra Montero
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2005

"She's one of Latin America's finest writers, and this is her best novel yet."
An abortive revolution in postwar Puerto Rico parallels a family's unraveling in Cuban-born Montero's intricate 2002 novel (her sixth in English translation). Read full book review >

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THE LAST NIGHT I SPENT WITH YOU by Mayra Montero
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"An insouciantly witty celebration of the mingled folly and grandeur of physical love and its discontents. The best so far from one of Latin America's most impressive recent exports."
The Cuban-born author's fifth novel (and third in English translation, following In the Palm of Darkness, 19xx, and The Messenger, 19xx) depicts in profuse erotic detail the temptations to which a middle-aged married couple separately succumb during a Caribbean vacation voyage. Read full book review >

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THE RED OF HIS SHADOW by Mayra Montero
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2001

"Overdecorated and underplotted. Not up to Montero's usual standard."
The lush exoticism and sinister supernaturalism of the culture of voudou are evoked in rapturous detail in this unusual novel, the fourth in English translation from the Cuban-born Puerto Rican author (The Last Night I Spent with You, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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DEEP PURPLE by Mayra Montero
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2003

"The best yet from Montero (The Red of His Shadow, 2001, etc.)."
Music is the ultimate aphrodisiac in this aggressively sexy sixth novel from the Cuban-born author. Read full book review >

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IN THE PALM OF DARKNESS by Mayra Montero
Released: May 1, 1997

"A refreshingly sophisticated treat. (Author tour)"
In The Palm Of Darkness ($21.00; May 1997; 192 pp.; 0-06-018703- 4): A Cuban writers's intensely imaginative portrait of the extremities of Haitian culture rings some fresh changes on the overfamiliar theme of intellectual arrogance humbled by its collision with ``elemental'' peasant wisdom. Read full book review >

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ABSENT LOVE by Rosa Montero
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 1991

"A tidy ending for a sometimes daring, sometimes timid account of social upheaval in late 20th-century Europe."
It's easy to see why this caustic, cleareyed novel—Montero's English-language debut—was a bestseller in Spain four years after Franco's death in 1975. Read full book review >

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THE DELTA FUNCTION by Rosa Montero
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 1992

"Could the translation be partly to blame?"
The second novel from well-known Spanish journalist Montero to be translated in the Nebraska European Women Writers Series. Read full book review >

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THE VILLA MARINI by Gloria Montero
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 1997

"More hype than heart."
A first novel with a lush Australian setting that charts the predictable rise and fall of a strong and—what else?—beautiful woman undone by love—and by a schematic plot. Read full book review >

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DOWN TO THE BONE by Mayra Lazara Dole
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2008

A passionate girl loses her first love but finds community and self in this flashy debut with awkward prose but lots of heart. Read full book review >

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BIRTHDAY IN THE BARRIO/CUMPLEAÑOS EN EL BARRIO by Mayra L. Dole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"In addition, the warmth of family and community suffuses the tale and crosses all cultural boundaries. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Vibrant colors, exaggerated heads and faces, and a childlike hyper-emotion characterize this story of a loving Cuban community in Miami and the two young girls who do everything in their power to combine a quinces with a benefit for a homeless shelter. Read full book review >