Paradise

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Grove Press, 1995 - Fiction - 328 pages
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In this ingenious satire, Solita, the not quite ten-year-old daughter of refugees from Franco’s Spain, is whisked from the urban ghetto of Galmeda to El Topaz, the lush hacienda of a wealthy eccentric, which her mother assures her will be paradise. But behind its beautiful fa ade, El Topaz is a quagmire of social subterfuge, from its politicking adults to its spiteful children, and Solita finds herself alone in a glittery world where "you couldn’t trust anything. Or anybody. You had to navigate completely on your own.”
 

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A lavish, decadent country estate in an unnamed Latin American country, Paradise is here viewed through the eyes of Solita, a little girl whose family has fled Franco's Spain. Solita, a keen observer ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Born in Barcelona, Spain, Elena Castedo moved to Chile with her family when she was just a child. Castedo, who has lived on four of the five continents, earned her Master of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, before going on to Harvard University for her Ph.D. A former editor of The Inter-American Review of Bibliography, Castedo is best known for writing the nationally acclaimed novel, Paradise. Nominated for the 1990 National Book Award, Paradise is a coming-of-age story seen through the eyes of a ten-year-old girl living in poverty in Latin America. Castedo is also a writer of poetry and the author of a critical study of Chilean theater. Castedo lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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