Friday, 3 May 2013

Valentina Goldman's Immaculate Confusion, Marisol Murano

Paperback, 350 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Hipso Media (first published August 1st 2012)
098405569X (ISBN13: 9780984055692)
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Since her arrival in the United States from Venezuela, Valentina Goldman isn’t exactly living the American Dream. She’s living the American Nightmare. Her late husband, Max, has left her a young widow, a step-daughter whom Valentina didn’t want, and a bi-polar ex-wife. And oh, having given up her dream job in New York, Valentina is also unemployed in Arizona. Part "Bridget Jones Diary," part "Modern Family," "Valentina Goldman’s Immaculate Confusion" is the story of a woman trying to get a handle on her whacky life in America. In breathless, blog-like snippets, Valentina compares her own story with that of her eccentric sister, Azucena, who has bizarre troubles of her own down in the tropics. "Valentina Goldman’s Immaculate Confusion" is a funny and moving story about what happens when a passionate South American woman moves to the USA and, like so many of us, ends up with a life she never imagined.

My Review-

Admit it; we all are human beings living our respective lives on earth’s face. Quite often, while we are busy with our own lives, it tends to collide with a few others and we think that they are a part of our lives when the truth is, our lives and their lives are two mutually exclusive events. Amidst all the chaos when the momentum begins to dip someday, we realize that we have lived our lives and we have made memories. Then there is a need to share those experiences with someone up and close. Valentina Goldman is on one such stage of her life where she wants to look back at the life she lived and narrate it to someone. That someone is none other than her stepdaughter Emily. The story begins when she emigrates from Venezuela to the U.S. and the world slowly begins to turn upside down.

The tone of the novel is very conversational. Totally justifies the fact that the book is a narration of her life experiences by Valentina herself. The chapters are very short and lucid. They work wonders at keeping the reader engaged. The language is very simple and the humor gets you rolling on the floor. The story is fun and young. The cover speaks volumes about the Valentina and what a charming woman she is. Throughout the story, Valentina comes across as a fun person who is a little clumsy and has had bad luck but still this book is completely worth it. It makes you laugh which is essentially, what a book of this genre is supposed to do and above all this book is I bet you won’t regret it. Hits the right spot every time with every emotion. That’s Marisol Murano for you ladies and gentlemen!




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