Broken Like This by Monica Trasandes
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"Trasandes eloquently renders the passionate and heartrending love story...it’s rare to root for all sides of a love triangle, but the author’s depth of insight into her characters makes this a wonderfully accomplished first novel."—Publisher's Weekly

An unforgettably haunting novel—intertwining stories reveal how a man and a woman fall in love with the same extraordinary person

Broken Like This by Monica Trasandes is the saga of Kate Harrington—who for the past fifteen years has been the muse, provocateur and lodestone in the lives of Louis Ross and Angela Agnelli.  After a car accident in Ibiza, Kate lies comatose and is, unbeknownst to anyone, two months pregnant.  Angela and Louis both fly to her side, as does Kate’s step-father, who’s been a dark presence in all of their lives for many years.  Told in present day and breathtaking flashbacks, by turns bittersweet and brutally honest—this is a remarkable debut.

What begins as an evocative story of love and identity evolves, faster and faster, into a high-scale drama—with a conclusion that is truly heartrending.  From sunny, Southern California to the sweaty, musical streets of Brazil; from a garden in Boston to a rooftop in Brooklyn—Broken Like This is a rare novel that captures the utter joy felt when meeting that person whose energy and passion will shape your life forever.

 

About Monica Trasandes

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MONICA TRASANDES was born in Uruguay and raised in San Diego, California. Her fiction has appeared in literary journals, and three stories have been anthologized.  She now works as the Director of Spanish-Language Media for GLAAD, and lives in Los Angeles with partner, Valda, and writes novels and plays.
 
Published November 27, 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books. 337 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Relaxed, happy, driving with friends along a coastal road in Spain, Kate Harrington lies in the back seat, caressing the new life in her belly, while her friends laugh in the front seat. Suddenly, there is a truck ahead and then a crash.

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In her transcendent debut, Uruguay-born Trasandes eloquently renders the passionate and heartrending love story of Kate Harrington, a bold, energetic young woman who, in the process of documenting you

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In her transcendent debut, Uruguay-born Trasandes eloquently renders the passionate and heartrending love story of Kate Harrington, a bold, energetic young woman who, in the process of documenting young sex workers for her college thesis, addresses her own abusive past.

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