Reviews

"ELISA FACING THE SEA"




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   "So i'm not much of a fiction kind of person in all honesty. However, someone recommended this on FB... and I thought ... "why not??!?" I'm glad I didn't think it over because this was one of those reads where once you have gone through the first paragraph or page... you know that's it!!! You are just not stopping until your all done! Needless to say that after I started reading...(maybe minutes or an hour after it was released on Amazon) I did not, because i just couldn't, stop, until 3am when i finished reading it in its entirety!The way these characters developed, the way the story unfolded, it just drew me in, more and more. At moments I felt like I was there... witnessing it all and feeling every bit of hurt and sorrow as well as happiness. So I can go on and on, but I shall stop and tell you that this is by far one of my new favorite reads and I without a doubt recommend it."

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  "Could not put this down until I finished this, what a journey incredible feelings angst and convoluted memories of a lifetime love. I hope more of this authors work gets translated asap as I definitely want more. So well written with an extremely intense back story covering a period from childhood through to maturity. So worth reading."




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   "It seems to have made a novel by a true story. Anyone of us could have lived such a story. I am sure many people will feel identified, reading this story, themselfes with at least one of the protagonists . The feel different from the rest can be a handicap to reach happiness. Congratulations on your history, Clara, even being a man, I have been reflected in the history in more ways than I could think."

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  "Totally recommended. An incredible book, full of feelings and emotions, a story that stays in your mind for a long time. Totally recommended. Everyone should read this book to understand the pain of homophobia, intolerance and sexist violence."


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  "This is the English translation of Garcia’s 2013 novel Elisa Frente al Mar, and I am thrilled that the work is now available to a wider audience as a result because this book is a truly wonderful piece of story writing that deserves to be read by as many people as possible.
  The story centers around three women. Nuria narrates the tale, in the first person. She is forty-three, an out lesbian living in an unnamed small town in Spain. However, she hasn’t always been so proudly out, and that is one of the main themes of the story. Valeria is Nuria’s best friend, and they have known each other since school. Valeria is wild, outspoken and confident, all things that Nuria is not. Elisa is the girl that Nuria falls in love with at the tender age of fourteen, a love she believes has no possibility on earth of being reciprocated, until one momentous day when they are both eighteen.
  The story of the three women’s lives is told in a series of flashbacks woven into the story of now. We start with Elisa and Nuria meeting again after eighteen years’ separation. At first, we don’t know why they have remained so distant from each other all this time, but gradually, through the flashbacks, the author reveals their story to us. It’s a familiar one—two young woman find each other in love, but the pressures (real or perceived) of society’s inability to accept their relationship conspire to rip them apart.
  But while the story is somewhat familiar, the way it is written is not. This is extraordinarily beautiful writing. The words soar off the pages and wrap themselves in your mind until you are breathless with Garcia’s imagery and emotions. And yes, the translation is a little bumpy in places, but for me that only added to the charm of the prose. The story is pure lesbian angst, and in places it is truly heartbreaking, but it is absolutely riveting. I read this in one sitting, breathlessly turning the pages to delve deeper into the pain of both Nuria and Elisa, to learn how they’ve progressed to where they are now, and to hear about the love and desire they have for each other that has spanned decades.
  Alongside the love story is the story of Valeria, and her troubled home life. In some books this could be seen as a distraction from the main story, but Valeria’s life and agonies have also played a significant role in shaping Nuria into the woman she is today. As Nuria struggles to come to terms with how her personality has been influenced by both Elisa and Valeria, we come to understand all that she has denied herself over the years. It’s a painful journey she has undertaken, and the conclusion of the book is all the more satisfying as a result.
  This is one of the best lesbian novels I have read in a very long time, and I hope it gets the attention it deserves now that it can be enjoyed by so many more readers."


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  "This is a stunning novel! Gorgeous prose, a heart-wrenching story, I could not put this down. Highly recommend this to anyone looking for a deeply soulful story that spans decades and has you breathlessly turning each page to find out what happens to Nuria, Elisa and Valeria."


   "You have to read this book. You just have to. It is gorgeous, heart-wrenching, poetic, romantic... I could go on. Just read it. That's all I'm saying."

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   "Awesome!!!! Thanks Clara"
Andrea Zuñiga - Amazon

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 "Lovely heartfelt story.
Amazing story. Touching, emotive and very well written. Worth the money! A author to discover."



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