Feature Review: "Evenings at the Argentine Club," By Julia Amante
"It’s a rich, emotional story about self-discovery, family ties, and the meaning of home, especially when that word simultaneously applies to two different worlds.
"Evenings at the Argentine Club" is a compelling exploration of one woman's search for her identity and of what it means to fall in love just as you're discovering who you are. While the themes are universal, details about Argentine customs and culture add unique depth. Evenings at the Argentine Club is a gorgeous romance—both between Eric and Victoria and between the Ortelis, the Torres family, and la patria."
To read more visit: http://www.romancebuythebook.com/ (Tracy Montoya, RBTB Contributing Editor)
"Evenings at the Argentine Club prove the cement that binds immigrants . . .
This is a quiet novel that packs power in its traditions. Of special interest to a Latino audience, the blend of new and old presents a lovely panorama of the changes immigrant families (and all families) experience in order to incorporate old and new – with pain and love." (The Review Broads)
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"I really enjoyed this book … In short:
- I found the characters to be believable.
- I enjoyed learning about the culture and longed to sit at their kitchen tables eating empanadas.
- I was fascinated by their gathering place: The Argentine Club. I wish I had a place like that to go. It's so reminiscent of days gone past. It's something that's missing these days.
- I loved the character Jaqui.
It's a great little romance with a nice cultural backbone and some life lessons thrown in for good measure." (Adventures of a Wanna-be Supah Mommy)
"I enjoyed the cultural perspective of seeing Argentine culture as it mixes with American culture - some of it blending in and some of it retaining it's uniqueness - an enjoyable read with interesting cultural observations." (Sweeps4Bloggers)
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"Julia Amante understands the ties that bind all families regardless of culture and nationality--the struggle for identity, the importance of dreams, and above all, love. I truly enjoyed Evenings at the Argentine Club." (New York Times bestselling author Jill Marie Landis)
***"Evenings at the Argentine Club is a big, beautiful novel of love, family, and the close-knit community they inhabit. By turns touching, funny, tragic, and triumphant, it's the story of an endearing group of people in search of their own American dream. This book is a delightful feast for the reader." (New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs)
***"In Evenings at the Argentine Club, Julia Amante has created an enchanting community to fall into, true-to-life characters to fall in love with, and a rich story that will fall directly onto readers' keeper shelves. Amante's tale is tantalizing tango for the imagination." (Lynda Sandoval, award winning author of Unsettling and Who's Your Daddy?)
***"A fresh and unique perspective into a culture that is at once foreign and familiar. I savored every word." (Julie Leto, New York Times bestselling author)
***"An engaging story of family, community and the love the binds it all together. " (RT Book Reviews )
***"The story of Victoria and Eric is a story of family, culture, class, success, and love in the vein of the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding." (Booklist)
August 17, 2009 | Examiner Interview with Julia Amante
May 7 2009 | Latina Voices: Evenings at the Argentine Club