The Lady Matador's Hotel

By Cristina Garcia
Scribner, Hardcover, 9781439181744, 224pp.

Publication Date: September 7, 2010

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“Cristina Garcia has written another astounding novel. The Lady Matador's Hotel will rightly take its place alongside her Dreaming in Cuban and The Aguero Sisters for its lyricism and its masterful exploration and treatment of identity and dislocation. Suki Palacios, the lady matador in the title, is a character I won't soon forget and is one that I know will resonate with readers everywhere.”
— Mitchell Kaplan, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL


National Book Award finalist Cristina García delivers a powerful and gorgeous novel about the intertwining lives of the denizens of a luxurious hotel in an unnamed Central American capital in the midst of political turmoil. The lives of six men and women converge over the course of one week. There is a Japanese-Mexican-American matadora in town for a bull-fighting competition; an ex-guerrilla now working as a waitress in the hotel coffee shop; a Korean manufacturer with an underage mistress ensconced in the honeymoon suite; aninternational adoption lawyer of German descent; a colonel who committed atrocities during his country’s long civil war; and a Cuban poet who has come with his American wife to adopt a local infant. With each day, their lives become further entangled, resulting in the unexpected—the clash of histories and the pull of revenge and desire.Cristina García’s magnificent orchestration of politics, the intimacies of daily life, and the frailty of human nature unfolds in a moving, ambitious, often comic, and unforgettable tale.

About the Author
Cristina García is the author of six novels, including the National Book Award finalist Dreaming in Cuban; children’s books; anthologies; and poetry. Her work has been translated into fourteen languages, and she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Writers’ Award, among other honors. She has taught literature and writing at numerous universities, and is currently University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos. Visit her website at   

Praise For The Lady Matador's Hotel

“Exotic, lush, and sensual.” –O Magazine

Wednesday, Sep 8, 2010

Alan Cheuse reviews The Lady Matador's Hotel by Cristina Garcia. The novel weaves the stories of six residents of a hotel in an unnamed Central American capital. One of the guests is a Japanese Mexican-American matadora in town for a bullfight. More at

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