The exciting young novelist Carolina De Robertis joins the popular Knopf Doubleday Author Series at Macaulay’s historic building near Lincoln Center at 7 PM on April 24 with a reading and book-signing of her new novel Perla. Recently named an O Magazine “Book to Watch For In April,” this political mystery and profound coming-of-age story is a worthy successor to her best-selling debut The Invisible Mountain (“Bold, passionate, and filled with songs both ecstatic and tragic,” Cristina Garcia). Copies of the book will be for sale at the event.Reception to follow
“…a haunting tale of identity lost maybe forever; as three decades have passed since the Argentina reign of terror, but the aftermath of the horrors still impacts the country.”—Harriet Klausner, The Mystery Gazette
“This ambitious narrative…is propulsive and emotionally gripping…culminating in a wrenching catharsis about rebirth and healing.”—Publishers’ Weekly (starred review)
A shocking chapter of recent Argentine history comes back to haunt a young woman who makes a devastating discovery about her origins in the atrocious past of the country’s Dirty War (1976-83). Growing up in Argentina’s newly restored democracy, the driven and beautiful college student Perla Correa, a privileged only child of a severe naval officer and a frosty socialite, must suddenly come to terms with who she really is. Or might be. When a mysterious, damaged and possibly ghostly visitor shows up in her comfortable Buenos Aires home, De Robertis’s striking heroine is drawn further and further into the tragic world of the shameful conflict’s countless “disappeared.” Perla is both horrified and consumed by what may emerge about her ties to such vanished dissidents, the desaparecidos arrested and executed by the military regime, buried in mass graves or dropped by airplane into the Atlantic Ocean. And it certainly complicates her tender love affair with a handsome journalist passionate about uncovering any and all he can about a period that even today still propels newspaper accounts, television coverage, and nonfiction. http://www.carolinaderobertis.com/
“Mesmerizing…a moving, poetic novel about the costs of revolution and the evolutionary process that is identity.”—Abbe Wright, O, The Oprah Magazine
Born into an Uruguayan family, Carolina De Robertis lived in England, Switzerland and California, and is now based in Oakland. Before completing her first book, she worked in women’s rights organizations on issues ranging from rape to immigration. She is the recipient of a 2012 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Rhegium Julii Prize.
The series is free and open to the public. Reservations at http://macaulay.cuny.edu/rsvp, 212-729-2910, or
email@example.com. Macaulay is located at 35 West 67th Street, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.