Perla Correa grew up a privileged only child in Buenos Aires with a polished yet aloof mother and a straight-laced Naval officer father, whose profession she learned early not to disclose in a country still reeling from the abuses perpetrated by the deposed military dictatorship. Although Perla understands that her parents were on the wrong side of the conflict, her love for her Papá is unconditional. But when she is startled by an uninvited visitor, she begins a journey that will force her to confront the unease she has long suppressed, and make a wrenching decision about who she is, and will become.
If I had to pick one word to describe this book, it would be TOUCHING.
One of my reasons for reading is not only to be taken into another world, to distract myself with the everyday happenings, but it's to be touched deeply by a book.
Very few have done that, but then again very few are written with such intensity as this one is.
Perla is this amazing young girl who finds herself struggling between loving and hating her parents for the part they played during the "Dirty War" of the late 1970's and early 1980's in which her own father, was a Captain in the Navy.
The story starts taking shape, the minute that a man, naked, shows up at her door while her parents are away. She begins to take care of her, and it's through these conversations and these flashbacks to her childhood, that Perla begins putting together the pieces, so to speak.
The author does an amazing job of taking us back to a tumultuous time, when over 30 000 people disappeared. It's a tough pill to swallow as she begins to understand and realize how her father was involved in these horrific acts, and how her mother seemed to turn a blind eye.
I can't even imagine living my life believing things happened a certain way, and then slowly beginning to realize that nothing is what it seems.
The very first sentence in the book is: Some things are impossible for the mind to hold alone.
And for this book, for this character, it rings unbelievably true.
What a fascinating book to read. The author was brilliant in her execution of the story, in the vivid details and the hold she had on me. I couldn't look away, she had my full attention from the beginning until the end.
Again, one word: TOUCHING!
Thank you to TLC Book Tours for providing me with a review copy.