Since her arrival in the U.S. from Venezuela, Valentina Goldman isn’t exactly living the American Dream. She’s living the American Nightmare. Her late husband, Max, has left her a young widow, an angry ex-wife who’s keeping the secret of Max’s untimely departure, plus an American stepdaughter Valentina can’t figure out. And oh, after giving up her dream job in New York, Valentina is now unemployed in Arizona.
As her story unravels, Valentina’s double-edged wit exposes both the ridiculous soap-opera-ish aspects of contemporary Venezuela and the many confounding features of life in America. Quirky and eccentric, Valentina Goldman’s Immaculate Confusion is an enchanting entrée into the world of the immigrant experience. Told in sidesplitting vignettes that hit the heart, Valentina’s is a moving story about what happens when a passionate South American woman moves to the U.S. and like so many of us, ends up with a life she never imagined.
About Author Marisol Murano
When she was 18-years-old Marisol Murano moved to the United States to attend school so that afterwards she could return to her native Venezuela to get married and have kids. None of this happened. Instead, she ended up getting a Master’s degree which eventually landed her a boring job in an exciting city: New York.
After a few years running the corporate rat race, Marisol woke up to this one day, “Even if you win the race, you’re still a rat.” That was the end of her banking career and the birth of her first novel: The Lady, The Chef, and The Courtesan.
Marisol was the first to be surprised when her first novel was named Latino Book of the Year, Original Voices from Border’s and was picked as a BookSense selection. She was further surprised when it was translated into several languages.
A second career detour led her to become a chef and the author of a cookbook, Deliciously Doable Small Plates from Around the World. Between novels, Chef Marisol now travels the world conducting culinary demonstrations on exotic cuisine. In fact, Valentina Goldman’s Immaculate Confusion was born at sea in a split-second of confusion when during a culinary demonstration a woman raised her hand to ask: “Did you always know you wanted to be a chef?”
Life is stranger than fiction, indeed.
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