Miss del Río: A Novel of Dolores del Río, the First Major Latina Star in Hollywood (Original)

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6.24 X 9.34 X 1.33 inches | 1.18 pounds

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About the Author
Bárbara Mujica is a novelist, short-story writer, essayist, and scholar. Her international bestseller Frida has appeared in 18 languages and was a Book-of-the-Month alternate. Sister Teresa was adapted for the stage by The Actor's Studio in Hollywood. I Am Venus was a Maryland Writers Association National Fiction Competition winner in the category Historical Fiction and a quarter-finalist in the 2020 ScreenCraft Cinematic Novel Competition. Mujica's collection of stories, Far from My Mother's Home (Spanish edition: Lejos de la casa de mi madre) focuses on the immigrant experience. Mujica has won several prizes for her writing, including the E.L. Doctorow International Fiction Competition, the Pangolin Prize, and the Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award for short fiction. Three of the stories included in Imagining Iraq have been winners of the Maryland Writers' Association National Fiction Competition in the category Short Story: "Imagining Iraq" (third prize, 2010), "Jason's Cap" (first prize, 2015), "Ox" (second prize, 2016). Mujica's scholarly books include Religious Women and Epistolary Culture in the Carmelite Reform: The Disciples of Teresa de Ávila; Teresa de Ávila, Lettered Woman; and Teresa de Jesús: Espiritualidad y feminismo; as well as the edited volumes Women Writers of Early Modern Spain: Sophia's Daughters and A New Anthology of Early Modern Spanish Theater: Play and Playtext. Mujica is a professor emerita at Georgetown University, where she taught Spanish literature. The mother of a Marine, she was Faculty Adviser of the GU Student Veterans Association and co-chair of the Veterans Support Team, a coalition of administrators, faculty, and students striving to make Georgetown a more veteran-friendly campus. She was awarded the University President's Medal for her work on behalf of veterans in 2015. Her book Collateral Damage, an edited collection of women's war-writing, originated in a symposium she organized at Georgetown called "Women Who Write about War." www.barbaramujica.com
"[A]n alluring portrait of del Rio."
--Washington Post

"Barbara Mujica resurrects the legendary Mexican star with style and verve; Dolores del Río bursts to life in this vivid, well-researched portrayal of her challenging life during Hollywood's golden era. As seen through the eyes of her trusted hairdresser, del Río's iconic feline elegance and brash spirit dominates every page, but it's her defiance to live life on her own terms that sets her apart-- and what an extraordinary life she led. "
--C.W. Gortner, bestselling author of Marlene

"Bárbara Mujica dazzles us once again, this time telling the story of another great Mexican woman, movie star Dolores del Río. She takes us on a journey through an era of wars and movies, and unforgettable characters that made Hollywood what it is today."
--María Amparo Escandón, New York Times bestselling author of L.A. Weather

"This incredible novel spans decades and spins its tale with glamour and heart."

"[A] vivid story about the life of one exceptional woman.... Mujica's richly detailed biographical novel transports readers through an eventful swath of history, starting with the 1910 Mexican Revolution, encompassing the Roaring Twenties, early Hollywood, the Great Depression, and World War II... For fans of women-centered historical fiction, especially the works of Marie Benedict and Paula McLain."
--Library Journal

"Stories of two different but equally engaging women intertwine in Mujica's superb historical novel.... Mujica writes with extraordinary talent."
--Historical Novel Society