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by Cristina Garcia
Scribner, Sept 2010

"The novel has the energy of an obsessive tango.
Or, indeed, a bullfight."
--The New York Times Book Review

A dazzling, evocative novel about the intertwining lives of the denizens of a
Latin American hotel in the midst of political turmoil . . .
a fierce and gorgeous story about politics, gender, and passion.
BOOK SUMMARY:    In an unnamed Central American capital, at a luxurious hotel, the lives of six men and women converge over the course of one week. There is a Japanese-Mexican-American matadora in town for a bull-fighting competition; an ex-guerilla now working as a waitress in the hotel coffee shop; a Korean manufacturer with an underage mistress ensconced in the honeymoon suite; an international adoption lawyer of German descent; a colonel who committed atrocities during his country's long civil war; and a Cuban poet who has come with his American wife to adopt a local infant. With each day, their lives become further entangled resulting in the unexpected-- the clash of histories and the pull of revenge and desire.

Click here to read an excerpt.

Cristina García has published five novels: DREAMING IN CUBAN, THE AGÜERO SISTERS, MONKEY HUNTING, A HANDBOOK TO LUCK, and her newest just published by Scribner, THE LADY MATADOR'S HOTEL. She’s also published two anthologies, two young adult novels and a collection of poetry.

Her work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into a dozen languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers' Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and an NEA grant, among others.  To learn more about Cristina, visit her at

COMMENT:   Let us know what you think of THE LADY MATADOR'S HOTEL and you will be entered to win a $25 gift card from  Winner announced October 31.


This has a very interesting premise. Intriguing set of characters. I suppose I will learn more about Matadors after reading it.

Do count me in for the giveaway.

JoJoBean said…
I hope I am not too late for the giveaway. I loved the Lady Matador's Hotel. I love anything where women go outside the box, and this was way over the top. Can you imagine being a lady matador and facing a bull? Talk about life and death. Talk about a man's world. Wow.