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Juventud

byVanessa Blakeslee

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IPPY, Bronze, Literary FictionForeword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year, FinalistThe Eric Hoffer Award, First Runner-Up in General FictionThe Montaigne Medal, FinalistGrowing up as the only daughter of a wealthy landowner in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, teenaged Mercedes Martinez knows a world of maids, armed guards, and private drivers. When she falls in love with Manuel, a fiery young activist with a passion for his faith and his country, she begins to understand the suffering of the desplazados who share her land. A startling discovery about her father forces Mercedes to doubt everything she thought she knew about her life, and she and Manuel make plansto run away together. But before they can, tragedy strikes in a single violent night. Mercedes flees Colombia for the United States and a life she never could have imagined. Fifteen years later, she returns to Colombia seeking the truth, but discovers that only more questions await.In the bristling, beautiful prose that won her an IPPY Gold Medal for her short story collectionTrain Shots, Vanessa Blakeslee'sJuventud explores the idealism of youth, the complexities of a ravaged country, and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive. IPPY, Bronze, Literary FictionForeword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year, FinalistThe Eric Hoffer Award, First Runner-Up in General FictionThe Montaigne Medal, FinalistGrowing up as the only daughter of a wealthy landowner in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, teenaged Mercedes Martinez knows a world of maids, armed guards, and private drivers. When she falls in love with Manuel, a fiery young activist with a passion for his faith and his country, she begins to understand the suffering of the desplazados who share her land. A startling discovery about her father forces Mercedes to doubt everything she thought she knew about her life, and she and Manuel make plansto run away together. But before they can, tragedy strikes in a single violent night. Mercedes flees Colombia for the United States and a life she never could have imagined. Fifteen years later, she returns to Colombia seeking the truth, but discovers that only more questions await.In the bristling, beautiful prose that won her an IPPY Gold Medal for her short story collectionTrain Shots, Vanessa Blakeslee'sJuventud explores the idealism of youth, the complexities of a ravaged country, and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive. IPPY, Bronze, Literary FictionForeword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year, FinalistThe Eric Hoffer Award, First Runner-Up in General FictionThe Montaigne Medal, FinalistGrowing up as the only daughter of a wealthy landowner in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, teenaged Mercedes Martinez knows a world of maids, armed guards, and private drivers. When she falls in love with Manuel, a fiery young activist with a passion for his faith and his country, she begins to understand the suffering of the desplazados who share her land. A startling discovery about her father forces Mercedes to doubt everything she thought she knew about her life, and she and Manuel make plansto run away together. But before they can, tragedy strikes in a single violent night. Mercedes flees Colombia for the United States and a life she never could have imagined. Fifteen years later, she returns to Colombia seeking the truth, but discovers that only more questions await.In the bristling, beautiful prose that won her an IPPY Gold Medal for her short story collectionTrain Shots, Vanessa Blakeslee'sJuventud explores the idealism of youth, the complexities of a ravaged country, and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.
Vanessa Blakeslee's debut short story collection,Train Shots, is the winner of the 2014 IPPY Gold Medal in Short Fiction and long-listed for the 2014 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Vanessa's writing has appeared inThe Southern Review, Green Mountains Review,The Paris Review Daily,The Globe and Mail,Kenyon Review Online...
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Title:JuventudFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.86 inPublished:November 6, 2015Publisher:Curbside Splendor PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1940430585

ISBN - 13:9781940430584

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This tale of self-discovery and intense first love is spiced with bursts of action and curious twists. It will engage readers who have a soft spot for entertaining storytelling and a familiarity with Colombian social history."-Publishers Weekly"From Colombia to Washington, DC, Juventud crosses international borders as it follows the growth of a singular young woman. Half romance, half meditation on global affairs, it portrays how the past can affect the present and how memory can be fallible. And above all, it demonstrates that while personal history can influence someone, it does not have to define them."-Foreword Reviews"[Vanessa Blakeslee is] an up-and-coming author with solid storytelling skills."-Library Journal"Part love story and part mystery novel,Juventud is also a tale of the complexities of family, the strains on the ties that bind, and the expectations we place on each other that no one can adequately meet ... The weight and meaning of love, both familial and romantic, serve in this beautifully woven narrative as a reminder that we are all works in progress.-Newcity"Mercedes is a protagonist whose journey will haunt you. Her youthful passions, foibles, misplaced ideals, issues with trust, and her secrets keep her guarded and fragile ... Blakeslee's poetic language and exquisite descriptive detail giveJuventud a canvas on which to portray what it is like to grow up with daily peril and family secrets ... The characters' intriguing discussions about social justice, good and evil, activism, love, forgiveness, and hope serve to strengthen and enhance the story's essence."-Jewish Book Council"Vanessa Blakeslee's painstakingly researched novel,Juventud, provides insight into complicated and dangerous times. [... ] At its best, [Juventud is] a love story."-Washington Independent Review of Books"Among the many things to admire about Vanessa Blakeslee's first novel,Juventud, foremost must be its ambition ... Blakeslee has upped her game inJuventud, by and large maintaining control over a terrain that, vast as it is, feels nonetheless suited to her talent. At her best, she can enliven every corner of that terrain, so that as her protagonist's world expands, its connections sharpen."-Rain Taxi"A harrowing, international coming-of-age story,Juventudis unforgettable, erotic, and suspenseful. I was willing to follow the protagonist Mercedes anywhere; into the Cali nightclubs, to her shooting lessons, into bed with her lovers, and to the dangerous activist meetings and rallies that mark a point-of-no-return in her adolescence. This novel is part political thriller, part love story. It kept me up at night and that's the highest praise."-Patricia Henley, National Book Award Nominated author ofHummingbird HouseandIn the River Sweet"Vanessa Blakeslee's remarkable debut novel takes us inside Colombia through the eyes of Mercedes, a privileged half-Colombian girl who leaves the safety of Papi's hacienda to embark on a life touched by disappointment and splendid achievement. Her story echoes the conflicts of our twenty-first century's transnational, uneasy global culture."-Xu Xi, author ofHabit of a Foreign Sky "This tale of self-discovery and intense first love is spiced with bursts of action and curious twists. It will engage readers who have a soft spot for entertaining storytelling and a familiarity with Colombian social history." - Publishers Weekly"From Colombia to Washington, DC, Juventud crosses international borders as it follows the growth of a singular young woman. Half romance, half meditation on global affairs, it portrays how the past can affect the present and how memory can be fallible. And above all, it demonstrates that while personal history can influence someone, it does not have to define them." - Foreword Reviews"[Vanessa Blakeslee is] an up-and-coming author with solid storytelling skills." - Library Journal"Part love story and part mystery novel,Juventud is also a tale of the complexities of family, the strains on the ties that bind, and the expectations we place on each other that no one can adequately meet ... The weight and meaning of love, both familial and romantic, serve in this beautifully woven narrative as a reminder that we are all works in progress. - Newcity"Mercedes is a protagonist whose journey will haunt you. Her youthful passions, foibles, misplaced ideals, issues with trust, and her secrets keep her guarded and fragile ... Blakeslee's poetic language and exquisite descriptive detail giveJuventud a canvas on which to portray what it is like to grow up with daily peril and family secrets ... The characters' intriguing discussions about social justice, good and evil, activism, love, forgiveness, and hope serve to strengthen and enhance the story's essence." - Jewish Book Council"Vanessa Blakeslee's painstakingly researched novel,Juventud, provides insight into complicated and dangerous times. [... ] At its best, [Juventud is] a love story." - Washington Independent Review of Books"Among the many things to admire about Vanessa Blakeslee's first novel,Juventud, foremost must be its ambition ... Blakeslee has upped her game inJuventud, by and large maintaining control over a terrain that, vast as it is, feels nonetheless suited to her talent. At her best, she can enliven every corner of that terrain, so that as her protagonist's world expands, its connections sharpen." - Rain Taxi"A harrowing, international coming-of-age story,Juventudis unforgettable, erotic, and suspenseful. I was willing to follow the protagonist Mercedes anywhere; into the Cali nightclubs, to her shooting lessons, into bed with her lovers, and to the dangerous activist meetings and rallies that mark a point-of-no-return in her adolescence. This novel is part political thriller, part love story. It kept me up at night and that's the highest praise." - Patricia Henley, National Book Award Nominated author ofHummingbird HouseandIn the River Sweet"Vanessa Blakeslee's remarkable debut novel takes us inside Colombia through the eyes of Mercedes, a privileged half-Colombian girl who leaves the safety of Papi's hacienda to embark on a life touched by disappointment and splendid achievement. Her story echoes the conflicts of our twenty-first century's transnational, uneasy global culture." - Xu Xi, author ofHabit of a Foreign Sky"