Quirky characters, gentle love stories...
Different places might tell the same story, but from a distance you have to adjust the lens and look afresh.
This magical continent of South America and specifically, Chile, is steeped in tales. They creep up on you... rising out of the dry earth, washing in with the tide, riding down from the mountains, whispering from behind a mausoleum, tapping you on the shoulder at a street corner.
Outgoing and often outrageous, with wit the speed and precision of lightning, Chileans inspire you to laugh and to cry and to appreciate the diversity of life.
As a foreigner here, novelty is everywhere and stories abound. You, too, might find that it's often impossible to get to the bottom of a story... unless you make it up yourself.
The underlying questions in these novels invite discussion.
Peppered with magic realism, quirky humor and tragic circumstances these are entertaining and thought-provoking books.
The characters stay with you long after you finish the story.
HARD BED HOTEL IS A HILARIOUS BOOK, the kind that sets you laughing aloud to yourself long after you've put it down.... if you CAN put in down, once the plot starts careening towards its unexpected dénouement. Author Andrea Carter's glee in bringing her oddball characters to life and off to meet their improbable destinies is infectious. Observations gleaned with a bemused eye for the absurd over long years of residence in Santiago infuse this story with fond insights into some of the least obvious corners of the city. – Amazon reader review
ALL OF THE CHARACTERS ARE SO MAGICALLY PORTRAYED –truly reflecting us all in a very entertaining manner that makes it impossible not to have a whole bag of mixed emotions about each one. Descriptions of places and situations are so realistic you can smell the atmosphere and feel the vibes in this story. A humorous and absorbing read. Perfect for anyone with an eye for the unusual, and a desire to reach further into a story, past the fiction, to find the truth that comes from within us all. – Amazon reader review
BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY FULL OF ECLECTIC CHARACTERS. I bought it in trade paperback, at a Chapters store where the writer was doing a signing. It was an impulse buy, outside of my usual reading. I suppose it would fall under the category of magic realism, especially given the South American setting. I found the characters engaging and likeable in their way. There was a good deal of genuine humour. The paranormal aspect was lightly done and fit the general tone of the novel. I would recommend it.– Amazon reader review
IT WAS THE BEST BOOK I READ LAST SUMMER. I'm looking forward to the sequel to see if the father and daughter do meet. My daughter is recommending this book for her book club. – Amazon reader review
A GENTLE LOVE STORY... I absolutely love this book and couldn't put it down until the very end. I kept wanting to know what would evolve. – Amazon reader review
ONE OF THE FINEST I'VE EVER READ... Andrea Carter, a Canadian living in Chile has fashioned materials from folklore and to some extent historical events into a captivating tale of lovable and pitiful characters whose lives intersect and blend unexpectedly. The story lines, although independent for the most part come together smoothly, making it impossible to put the book down. . – Amazon reader review
BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY FULL OF ECLECTIC CHARACTERS. I loved this story from the first page, it made me both curious and inspired. The characters are wonderfully full, and the place, well, it's a strange and wonderful town full of comedy and love. – Barnes & Noble reader review
THIS IS A GREAT READ... set in Tocopilla, in northern Chile, it features brazen miners, gypsies, saints, and unusual friendship and a bittersweet twist at the end. a story about loss and companionship, a peak behind the closed doors of quiet people you might not notice, only to discover that their lives are as complex as the patchwork and weavings created by the novel's most engaging, surprising character. – Amazon reader review
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