Born in Rio by Cássia Martins

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"I never socialized on weekends and always politely declined the few invitations, alleging either that I was not feeling well or that I had a family gathering to attend. Only I had no family--with the exception of my mother, who lived miles away in South Florida. At thirty-seven, I was far from wanting a family of my own; I couldn't remember the last time the thought came up. I wanted no chaos in my life.  
But I have come to learn that life happens independent from what we want." 
Rita Ray was cold-hearted, no doubt, a straight shooter with an enviable banking career in New York City. She had no real recollections of her childhood before the age of ten, when she fled with her mother from Brazil to the United States. She never learned why. A box of letters, found following her mother's death, will reveal evidence of a puzzling past back in Brazil. 
Born in Rio is a moving, psychologically charged novel with thrilling turns, embraced by a contemporary love affair in Rio de Janeiro. Rita's journey of discovery, and self-discovery, delights readers in a well-crafted plot among lush descriptions of Brazil--its history, its people and its soul. Laced with wit and spiced with mystery, it's a compelling, transporting tale with a heart. In the 2016 Summer Olympic city Rita might just find what she never thought she was looking for. 
An immigrant story. A devastating crime. A chance to forgive, to love again.  
And a woman born in Rio. 

About Cássia Martins

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A dog-lover, devoted artist and Wharton MBA, Cássia Martins was born in the mountainous city of Petrópolis, one hour away from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Having spent much of her childhood in Brazil, she subsequently settled in the United States. She graduated from Boston University with a BA in Economics and International Relations and has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Cássia is also an accomplished artist, and after living abroad for many years, she felt a call to return to her homeland, along with her long-haired dachshund, Dolce, and dedicate time to her artistic, and entrepreneurial, endeavors. Born in Rio, which was conceived in precisely 9 months, is the result of that experience.
Published November 1, 2011 by Cássia Martins. 330 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In her debut, Martins offers the warm story of a woman's return to the homeland she left as a child.

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It is a packet of letters discovered in her mother’s home that leads Rita back to her birthplace of Rio de Janeiro and opens her family history that she never knew.

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