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The Dirty Girls Social Club

A Novel

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (4/30/2003)
Paperback (5/13/2004)
Hardcover (5/1/2003)
Mass Market Paperback (3/4/2008)
Compact Disc (5/25/2003)


Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez's vibrant, can't-put-it-down New York Times bestselling novel of six friends--each one an unforgettable Latina woman in her late '20s--and the complications and triumphs in their lives

Inseparable since their days at Boston University almost ten years before, six friends form the Dirty Girls Social Club, a mutual support and (mostly) admiration society that no matter what happens to each of them (and a lot does), meets regularly to dish, dine and compare notes on the bumpy course of life and love.

Las sucias are:

--Lauren, the resident "caliente" columnist for the local paper, which advertises her work with the line "her casa is su casa, Boston," but whose own home life has recently involved hiding in her boyfriend's closet to catch him in the act
--Sara, the perfect wife and mother who always knew exactly the life she wanted and got it, right down to the McMansion in the suburbs and two boisterous boys, but who is paying a hefty price
--Amber, the most idealistic and artistic member of the club, who was raised a valley girl without a word of Spanish and whose increasing attachment to her Mexica roots coincides with a major record label's interest in her rock 'n' roll
--Elizabeth, the stunning black Latina whose high profile job as a morning television anchor conflicts with her intensely private personal life, which would explain why the dates the other dirty girls set her up on never work out
--Rebecca, intense and highly controlled, who flawlessly runs Ella, the magazine she created for Latinas, but who can't explain why she didn't understand the man she married and now doesn't even share a room with; and
--Usnavys, irrepressible and larger than life, whose agenda to land the kind of man who can keep her in Manolo Blahniks and platanos almost prevents her seeing true love when it lands in her lap.

There's a lot of catching up to do.

Praise For The Dirty Girls Social Club: A Novel

“Valdes-Rodriguez' novel delivers on the promise of its sexy title (with a) diverse group of women that defies stereotypes. The book addresses serious questions--prejudice, the difficulty of winning respect from Latino men--but balances them with enough satisfy any chick lit fan. This is a fun, irresistible debut.” —Publishers Weekly

“...the summer's must-have beach book.” —Latina magazine

“...Valdes-Rodriguez has written an incredible first novel, told in six distinct voices and points of view.” —Library Journal

“...a heartfelt, fast-moving, and often funny page-turner.” —Booklist

“(An) affecting debut that takes a long, hard, and funny look at life in the U.S. for Latina upscale telenovela with well-drawn, charmingly flawed characters from an author who explodes some myths.” —Kirkus Reviews

St. Martin's Griffin, 9781250765864, 336pp.

Publication Date: September 15, 2020

About the Author

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist and a former staff writer for both the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe. With more than one million books in print in eleven languages, she was included on Time magazine’s list of "25 Most Influential Hispanics," and was a Latina magazine Woman of the Year as well as an Entertainment Weekly Breakout Literary Star. She is the author of many novels, including Playing with Boys and The Husband Habit. Alisa divides her time between New Mexico and Los Angeles.