In this heartfelt and absorbing novel, Valdes-Rodriguez opens up the lives of six upwardly mobile Latina friends in their late 20's. These women, who come from widely varied backgrounds, meet at Boston University and, after graduating, reunite every six months to share their stories. Facing the complications and pressures of everyday lives, the Social Club offers a chance to meet regularly, dish, dine, and help each other over the bumpy course of life and love.
©2003 Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez; (P)2002 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
"This is a fun, irresistible debut." (Publishers Weekly)
"This is a heartfelt, fast-moving, and often funny page-turner." (Booklist)
"As a guilty pleasure I would say The Dirty Girls Social Club ranks somewhere between Valrhona chocolate and Jimmy Choo shoes - I simply could not put it down." (Whitney Otto, author of How to Make an American Quilt)
316 audiobooks in my library and counting. I'm an addict but I'm not sure I'll ever seek help.
This book was a light, entertaining listen as long as you don't expect too much. While the character were interesting, the story was somewhat predictable. My biggest disappointment with this audiobook however was not with the story, which was amusing enough. Instead- it was with the author who insited on reading the book herself. She tries to hold on to character voices and accents, but slips back into her natural voice an accent within a few sentences. This became distracting to the point of annoyance at times. Other than that, it was a fun, easy listen.
This book does a great job of of setting a common American story, that which describes the experiences, differences and similarities between immigrants and natives of (perhaps) the same ethnic group. This group of girlfriends explore the varied hardships, adventures,and joys that comprise the latina experience in the USA. The well written stories are sad, thought provoking and at times hilarious. This would make a great movie and do much to show other Americans how varied Hispanic life and culture can be. The only problem with this book is that it wasn't long enough. I would peek at the timer and lament that this book was almost over.
Absolutely loved this book. The characters were colorful and wonderful. Women of all ages will appreciate the deep friendships and their circle of love and support. It was a treat to hear the author 'read' her book to us. My only criticism is I would have preferred an unabridged version. I look forward to a sequel from this talented writer.
I loved this book! The characters were interesting and I cared about them. Even though I am not Latina, I could totally related to the characters. They were women, who happened to be Hispanic. As an anthropologist, I found the variations between different subcultures fascinating.
Beautiful expression of Latina culture in America. Would recommend to immigrants and all Americans who don't fully understand the impact of our cultures on each other. It beautifully portrays how women view themselves and others and the complex issues that women and immigrants have to deal with in a patriarchal society that essentially forces immigrants to assimilate or get out. It shows that America is a melting pot of cultural diversity and we can't ignore the prejudice in our country against women and immigrants.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have listen to in a long time. I wish I could rate this a 10 star! This book has funny, interesting characters and their situations are real life. I have downloaded her other books.
This book is so engaging I found myself staying in my car long after I arrived at my destination just to finish a chapter. It was a bit long and I may reccomend an abridged version if there is one.
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