Leonor: The Story of a Lost Childhood


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$21.95  $20.41
OR Books
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4.9 X 7.3 X 0.8 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Paula Delgado-Kling holds degrees in comparative literature/French civilizations, international affairs, and creative writing from Brown, Columbia, and the New School, respectively. Leonor, for which she received two grants from the Canadian Council for the Arts, is her first book. Excerpts of this book have appeared in Narrative, The Literary Review, Pacifica Literary Review, and Happano.org in Japan. Her work for the Mexican monthly news magazine

Gatopardo was nominated for the Simon Bolivar Award, Colombia's top journalism prize, and anthologized in Las Mejores Crónicas de Gatopardo (Random House Mondadori, 2006).


"[A] devastating portrait of unspeakable suffering."

"[Delgado-Kling] spares no one and condemns no one, writing about the country and the people she loves with honesty, grit and generosity. I couldn't put this book down."
--Luis Jaramillo, author of the novel The Doctor's Wife

"The contrasts between Delgado-Kling's and Leonor's lives are stark, but the author's capacity to bridge that distance both indicates her ambition as a writer and serves as a reminder of the utter pervasiveness of trauma."
--Emily Nemens, author of The Cactus League

"A compelling firsthand account of the greed, social neglect, and deliberate misrule that has forced many Latin American children and families to seek a better life in the arms of terrorist groups."
--Ernesto Quiñonez, author of the novels Bodega Dreams, Chango's Fire, and Taina: A Novel

"[A] small but gutting work of memoir-meets-biography"