Washington Square Press, Paperback, 9781416551133, 286pp.
Publication Date: August 11, 2009
Miami Herald prize-winning journalist Fabiola Santiago tells the story of a woman who switches perfumes every time she changes lovers along her journey to heal from the loss of family and country.
An exuberant poet and historical archivist living in contemporary Miami, Marisol, like her adopted city, is a sensual free spirit. Reclaiming Paris is a paean to place and memory, lavished with humor, passion, and unforgettable characters.
"Alone in a hotel room in sultry Miammi, sheets covering her quivering body, Marisol, the protagonist of this riveting book, weeps for her lost love. The scene will pierce the heart of every woman I know. For Marisol is us: defiant, romantic and, ultimately, our only true saviors." -- Mirta Ojito, author of Finding Mañana
"Reclaiming Paris is one woman's passionate odyssey through the shadows of tragic history and her own tumultuous past in search of her soul. Fabiola Santiago's heartbreakingly beautiful first novel throbs with sweet-scented poetry and the lusty heartbeats of Cuba, Miami, Barcelona, and Paris. She is a poet to die for." -- Edna Buchanan, Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of Legally Dead
"Cuban and Latino readers will find much to identify with in this richly nuanced novel, and others will find it a fascinating inside look at a culture that is too often viewed as monolithic and alien. A true rarity--an erotic yet intelligent tale." -- Kirkus
"Santiago elevates this seemingly merely glamorous and romantic tale above the usual chick-lit fare by smoothly integrating immigration issues and a dash of mystery into the plot." -- Booklist