The Darling

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Price
$17.95
Publisher
University of Arizona Press
Publish Date
September 24, 2015
Pages
272
Dimensions
5.5 X 8.4 X 1.2 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780816531837
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About the Author

Lorraine M. López is an associate professor of English and co-founder of the Latino and Latina Studies Program at Vanderbilt University. She teaches in the Master of Fine Arts Program at Vanderbilt and is the author of five books of fiction, including The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters and Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize in Fiction in 2010.

Reviews

"Invoking the worlds of Chekhov, Flaubert, Tolstoy, and other literary greats, Lorraine M. LOpez's exquisite new novel "The Darling" regales us with the story of Caridad, an unlucky-in-love bibliophile who frequently accesses the books on her shelves in order to find perspective on her rocky journey back to emotional stability. LOpez shapes an endearing and enduring portrait of contemporary womanhood--intelligent, resourceful, yet still vulnerable to the unforeseeable aches of the heart. This is a formidable book about the troubles and triumphs of a reader."--Rigoberto GonzAlez, author of "Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa"
"Many novels end with a wedding, but witty, imaginative, and above all, funny, "The Darling" starts with one. Caridad, the main character, has a penchant for falling in love with the wrong men. With Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, Sister Carrie, and Lady Chatterley hovering over her like kindred souls, Caridad struggles to find out who she really is. Award-winning author Lorraine M. LOpez deftly weaves together her heroine's personal quest and the female characters she is fascinated with to tell an enthralling story about sex, love, and literature in the compelling package of a well-written book."--Teresa Dovalpage, author of "A Girl Like Che Guevarra "and "Habanera: A Portrait of a Cuban Family"
"Lorraine LOpez's "The Darling" is a novel of great expectations and grand disappointments. It follows the fallible life of Caridad, a twenty-something Latina growing older and having to face the consequences of bad decisions. She is also a bibliophile who cherishes novels titled after women's names like Moll Flanders, Lolita, and Justine. These heroines help guide her through some tumultuous and tragic, humorous and surprising love affairs and marriages. As the novel progresses and Caridad becomes thirty-something, she has to face yet another chapter of her life, but this time doing so with an enlarged sense of maturity and grace. With an intense gaze into Caridad's life, LOpez succeeds in capturing the interiority of a woman torn apart and then put back together again. Thanks to LOpez's talents, we simply can't help but see parts of our lives in Caridad's story."--Helena Maria Viramontes, author of "Their Dogs Came with Them: A Novel"
"In this fresh update of Chekhov's 'The Darling, ' Caridad, unlike Olenka, is steadfast in her ambition while it's the husbands who must change or be discarded. Wittily challenging to the literary models that guide Caridad's life, the novel gives us a new American heroine, one who is intelligent and sexy, ambitious and generous--in short, a complex woman whose intellect develops while she marries, has a child, works, and discovers her professional possibilities. All along Caridad's tumultuous and at times hilarious journey, LOpez explodes stereotypes while claiming space on the shelf of high literary art."--Lynn Pruett, author of "Ruby River: A Novel"

"Who would take his best friend on his honeymoon Mr. Wrong, that's who, and so opens the compelling story of Caridad. Her journey through life is both heartbreaking and inspiring, and at times laugh-out-loud funny. Like the notes she keeps in the margins of her books--Chekov, Shakespeare--we get so involved with the twists and turns of her life that we want to shout out our feelings. In Caridad, LOpez has created a complex and intelligent character destined to become a classic figure in American literature. This novel is beautiful and necessary. The Darling is a Portrait of the Artist-Scholar as a Young Latina."--Daniel ChacOn, author of "Hotel Juarez: Stories, Rooms and Loops."
Invoking the worlds of Chekhov, Flaubert, Tolstoy, and other literary greats, Lorraine M. Lopez s exquisite new novel "The Darling" regales us with the story of Caridad, an unlucky-in-love bibliophile who frequently accesses the books on her shelves in order to find perspective on her rocky journey back to emotional stability. Lopez shapes an endearing and enduring portrait of contemporary womanhood intelligent, resourceful, yet still vulnerable to the unforeseeable aches of the heart. This is a formidable book about the troubles and triumphs of a reader. Rigoberto Gonzalez, author of "Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa""
Lorraine Lopez s "The Darling" is a novel of great expectations and grand disappointments. It follows the fallible life of Caridad, a twenty-something Latina growing older and having to face the consequences of bad decisions. She is also a bibliophile who cherishes novels titled after women s names like Moll Flanders, Lolita, and Justine. These heroines help guide her through some tumultuous and tragic, humorous and surprising love affairs and marriages. As the novel progresses and Caridad becomes thirty-something, she has to face yet another chapter of her life, but this time doing so with an enlarged sense of maturity and grace. With an intense gaze into Caridad s life, Lopez succeeds in capturing the interiority of a woman torn apart and then put back together again. Thanks to Lopez s talents, we simply can t help but see parts of our lives in Caridad s story. Helena Maria Viramontes, author of "Their Dogs Came with Them: A Novel""
Many novels end with a wedding, but witty, imaginative, and above all, funny, "The Darling" starts with one. Caridad, the main character, has a penchant for falling in love with the wrong men. With Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, Sister Carrie, and Lady Chatterley hovering over her like kindred souls, Caridad struggles to find out who she really is. Award-winning author Lorraine M. Lopez deftly weaves together her heroine s personal quest and the female characters she is fascinated with to tell an enthralling story about sex, love, and literature in the compelling package of a well-written book. Teresa Dovalpage, author of "A Girl Like Che Guevara "and "Habanera: A Portrait of a Cuban Family""
In this fresh update of Chekhov s The Darling, Caridad, unlike Olenka, is steadfast in her ambition while it s the husbands who must change or be discarded. Wittily challenging to the literary models that guide Caridad s life, the novel gives us a new American heroine, one who is intelligent and sexy, ambitious and generous in short, a complex woman whose intellect develops while she marries, has a child, works, and discovers her professional possibilities. All along Caridad s tumultuous and at times hilarious journey, Lopez explodes stereotypes while claiming space on the shelf of high literary art. Lynn Pruett, author of "Ruby River"

Who would take his best friend on his honeymoon Mr. Wrong, that s who, and so opens the compelling story of Caridad. Her journey through life is both heartbreaking and inspiring, and at times laugh-out-loud funny. Like the notes she keeps in the margins of her books Chekov, Shakespeare we get so involved with the twists and turns of her life that we want to shout out our feelings. In Caridad, Lopez has created a complex and intelligent character destined to become a classic figure in American literature. This novel is beautiful and necessary. The Darling is a Portrait of the Artist-Scholar as a Young Latina. Daniel Chacon, author of "Hotel Juarez: Stories, Rooms and Loops.""
" Breathless and captivating, with a complex and disarming young woman at its center, "The Darling "suggests an unusual route to maturity and self-actualization, framed by classic texts. Literary fans could ask for no better combination than the honoring of tradition with irreverence and feeling. "Foreword ""
"
A witty, touching, and artfully crafted coming-of-age story with a literary twist. Madame Bovary in huaraches and jeans. Gustavo Perez Firmat, author of A Cuban in Mayberry: Looking Back at America s Hometown
Invoking the worlds of Chekhov, Flaubert, Tolstoy, and other literary greats, Lorraine M. Lopez s exquisite new novel The Darlingregales us with the story of Caridad, an unlucky-in-love bibliophile who frequently accesses the books on her shelves in order to find perspective on her rocky journey back to emotional stability. Lopez shapes an endearing and enduring portrait of contemporary womanhood intelligent, resourceful, yet still vulnerable to the unforeseeable aches of the heart. This is a formidable book about the troubles and triumphs of a reader. Rigoberto Gonzalez, author of Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa
Many novels end with a wedding, but witty, imaginative, and above all, funny, The Darlingstarts with one. Caridad, the main character, has a penchant for falling in love with the wrong men. With Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, Sister Carrie, and Lady Chatterley hovering over her like kindred souls, Caridad struggles to find out who she really is. Award-winning author Lorraine M. Lopez deftly weaves together her heroine s personal quest and the female characters she is fascinated with to tell an enthralling story about sex, love, and literature in the compelling package of a well-written book. Teresa Dovalpage, author of A Girl Like Che Guevara and Habanera: A Portrait of a Cuban Family
Lorraine Lopez s The Darlingis a novel of great expectations and grand disappointments. It follows the fallible life of Caridad, a twenty-something Latina growing older and having to face the consequences of bad decisions. She is also a bibliophile who cherishes novels titled after women s names like Moll Flanders, Lolita, and Justine. These heroines help guide her through some tumultuous and tragic, humorous and surprising love affairs and marriages. As the novel progresses and Caridad becomes thirty-something, she has to face yet another chapter of her life, but this time doing so with an enlarged sense of maturity and grace. With an intense gaze into Caridad s life, Lopez succeeds in capturing the interiority of a woman torn apart and then put back together again. Thanks to Lopez s talents, we simply can t help but see parts of our lives in Caridad s story. Helena Maria Viramontes, author of Their Dogs Came with Them: A Novel
In this fresh update of Chekhov s The Darling, Caridad, unlike Olenka, is steadfast in her ambition while it s the husbands who must change or be discarded. Wittily challenging to the literary models that guide Caridad s life, the novel gives us a new American heroine, one who is intelligent and sexy, ambitious and generous in short, a complex woman whose intellect develops while she marries, has a child, works, and discovers her professional possibilities. All along Caridad s tumultuous and at times hilarious journey, Lopez explodes stereotypes while claiming space on the shelf of high literary art. Lynn Pruett, author ofRuby River
Who would take his best friend on his honeymoon Mr. Wrong, that s who, and so opens the compelling story of Caridad. Her journey through life is both heartbreaking and inspiring, and at times laugh-out-loud funny. Like the notes she keeps in the margins of her books Chekov, Shakespeare we get so involved with the twists and turns of her life that we want to shout out our feelings. In Caridad, Lopez has created a complex and intelligent character destined to become a classic figure in American literature. This novel is beautiful and necessary. The Darling is a Portrait of the Artist-Scholar as a Young Latina. Daniel Chacon, author of Hotel Juarez: Stories, Rooms and Loops.
"
Breathless and captivating, with a complex and disarming young woman at its center, The Darling suggests an unusual route to maturity and self-actualization, framed by classic texts. Literary fans could ask for no better combination than the honoring of tradition with irreverence and feeling. Foreword
"
Written in a tone that s flexible enough to accommodate both seriousness and high comedy, The Darling provides a delightful glimpse into the ways a woman s reading life can become inextricable from her desires and her choices. Chapter16
A clever and timely novel that adds another much needed perspective about the Latino experience in higher education, while also participating in a larger conversation with the canon. Afro-Hispanic Review
"
"A witty, touching, and artfully crafted coming-of-age story with a literary twist. Madame Bovary in huaraches and jeans."--Gustavo Perez Firmat, author of A Cuban in Mayberry: Looking Back at America's Hometown

"Invoking the worlds of Chekhov, Flaubert, Tolstoy, and other literary greats, Lorraine M. Lopez's exquisite new novel The Darlingregales us with the story of Caridad, an unlucky-in-love bibliophile who frequently accesses the books on her shelves in order to find perspective on her rocky journey back to emotional stability. Lopez shapes an endearing and enduring portrait of contemporary womanhood--intelligent, resourceful, yet still vulnerable to the unforeseeable aches of the heart. This is a formidable book about the troubles and triumphs of a reader."--Rigoberto Gonzalez, author of Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa

"Many novels end with a wedding, but witty, imaginative, and above all, funny, The Darlingstarts with one. Caridad, the main character, has a penchant for falling in love with the wrong men. With Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, Sister Carrie, and Lady Chatterley hovering over her like kindred souls, Caridad struggles to find out who she really is. Award-winning author Lorraine M. Lopez deftly weaves together her heroine's personal quest and the female characters she is fascinated with to tell an enthralling story about sex, love, and literature in the compelling package of a well-written book."--Teresa Dovalpage, author of A Girl Like Che Guevara and Habanera: A Portrait of a Cuban Family

"Lorraine Lopez's The Darlingis a novel of great expectations and grand disappointments. It follows the fallible life of Caridad, a twenty-something Latina growing older and having to face the consequences of bad decisions. She is also a bibliophile who cherishes novels titled after women's names like Moll Flanders, Lolita, and Justine. These heroines help guide her through some tumultuous and tragic, humorous and surprising love affairs and marriages. As the novel progresses and Caridad becomes thirty-something, she has to face yet another chapter of her life, but this time doing so with an enlarged sense of maturity and grace. With an intense gaze into Caridad's life, Lopez succeeds in capturing the interiority of a woman torn apart and then put back together again. Thanks to Lopez's talents, we simply can't help but see parts of our lives in Caridad's story."--Helena Maria Viramontes, author of Their Dogs Came with Them: A Novel

"In this fresh update of Chekhov's 'The Darling, ' Caridad, unlike Olenka, is steadfast in her ambition while it's the husbands who must change or be discarded. Wittily challenging to the literary models that guide Caridad's life, the novel gives us a new American heroine, one who is intelligent and sexy, ambitious and generous--in short, a complex woman whose intellect develops while she marries, has a child, works, and discovers her professional possibilities. All along Caridad's tumultuous and at times hilarious journey, Lopez explodes stereotypes while claiming space on the shelf of high literary art."--Lynn Pruett, author ofRuby River

"Who would take his best friend on his honeymoon Mr. Wrong, that's who, and so opens the compelling story of Caridad. Her journey through life is both heartbreaking and inspiring, and at times laugh-out-loud funny. Like the notes she keeps in the margins of her books--Chekov, Shakespeare--we get so involved with the twists and turns of her life that we want to shout out our feelings. In Caridad, Lopez has created a complex and intelligent character destined to become a classic figure in American literature. This novel is beautiful and necessary. The Darling is a Portrait of the Artist-Scholar as a Young Latina."--Daniel Chacon, author of Hotel Juarez: Stories, Rooms and Loops.


"Breathless and captivating, with a complex and disarming young woman at its center, The Darling suggests an unusual route to maturity and self-actualization, framed by classic texts. Literary fans could ask for no better combination than the honoring of tradition with irreverence and feeling."--Foreword


"Written in a tone that's flexible enough to accommodate both seriousness and high comedy, The Darling provides a delightful glimpse into the ways a woman's reading life can become inextricable from her desires and her choices." --Chapter16

"A clever and timely novel that adds another much needed perspective about the Latino experience in higher education, while also participating in a larger conversation with the canon."--Afro-Hispanic Review