The Smell of Old Lady Perfume

Front Cover
Cinco Puntos Press, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 249 pages
23 Reviews

Claudia Guadalupe Martinez's debut novel for young adults is a bittersweet story about death, family, and the resilient emotional strength of the human heart. Chela Gonzalez, the book's narrator, is a nerd and a soccer player who can barely contain her excitement about starting the sixth grade. But nothing is as she imagined--her best friend turns on her to join the popular girls and they all act like Chela doesn't exist. She buries herself in schoolwork and in the warm comfort of her family. To Chela, her family is like a solar system, with her father the sun and her mother, brothers, and sister like planets rotating all around him. It's a small world, but it's the only one she fits in.

But that universe is threatened when her strong father has a stroke. Chela's grandmother moves in to help the family. The smell of her old lady perfume invades the house. That smell is worse than Sundays. Sundays were sad, but they went just as sure as they came. Death was a whole other thing, and Chela doesn't understand that's what everyone is waiting for. In her grief and worry, Chela begins to discover herself and find her own strength.

Claudia Guadalupe Martinez was born in El Paso, Texas. She learned that letters form words from reading the subtitles of old Westerns for her father. She went on to graduate from college and moved to Chicago to become one of the city's youngest nonprofit executives.

  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
10
4 stars
8
3 stars
2
2 stars
3
1 star
0

Review: The Smell of Old Lady Perfume

User Review  - Sonia Rodriguez - Goodreads

The Smell of Old Lady Perfume by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez tells of the heartwarming relationship between Chela Gonzalez and her father. As Chela prepares for the sixth grade her father takes ill and ... Read full review

Review: The Smell of Old Lady Perfume

User Review  - Christina - Goodreads

any books with fathers dying and Mexican culture makes me miss my dad...this one did just that my dad was a strong oak too... Read full review

Selected pages

Contents

CHAPTER1
8
CHAPTER2
16
CHAPTER3
22
CHAPTER4
29
CHAPTER5
36
CHAPTER6
44
CHAPTER7
51
CHAPTER8
58
CHAPTER19
135
CHAPTER20
143
CHAPTER21
148
CHAPTER22
156
CHAPTER23
163
CHAPTER24
170
CHAPTER25
175
CHAPTER26
181

CHAPTER9
65
CHAPTER10
71
CHAPTER11
78
CHAPTER12
85
CHAPTER13
93
CHAPTER14
100
CHAPTER15
106
CHAPTER16
113
CHAPTER17
119
CHAPTER18
126
CHAPTER27
187
CHAPTER28
195
CHAPTER29
203
CHAPTER30
211
CHAPTER31
220
CHAPTER32
228
CHAPTER33
236
CHAPTER34
243
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

Claudia Guadalupe Martinez was born in El Paso, Texas. She learned that letters form words from reading the subtitles of old westerns for her father. He encouraged her to write a book. He died when Claudia was eleven. She went on to graduate from college and moved to Chicago to become one of the city's youngest non-profit executives.

Bibliographic information