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A Delicate Marriage

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About the Book 

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Title: A Delicate Marriage

Author: Margarita Barresi

Publisher: Atmosphere Press 

Pages: 352

Release Date: October 10, 2023

Find it: Amazon

From glittering ballrooms to verdant mountains to poverty-stricken slums, A Delicate Marriage takes a vivid tour of Puerto Rico 40 years after becoming a U.S. colony, a time of great change and political turmoil on the island. 

Isabela, a wealthy woman, sacrifices her artistic aspirations to marry Marco, a penniless man dedicated to improving conditions on the island. As the island’s insular government enacts pro-U.S. policies, Marco builds a real estate empire while struggling to maintain his populist principles. Meanwhile, Isabella feels unfulfilled in her traditional role as a wife and mother and becomes disillusioned with Marco’s shifting moral compass. She begins to identify with anti-U.S. factions, leading a dangerous double life that puts her family in peril.

As political violence threatens their paradise, Isabela and Marco question whether their marriage, like the island’s relationship with the U.S., should continue. Margarita Barresi’s debut novel celebrates Puerto Rican culture while delving into themes of class, oppression, and the effects of colonialism through the lens of a marriage.

About The Author

Raised in Puerto Rico by her grandparents, Margarita Barresi grew up hearing stories about the “good old days”—the genesis for this, her first novel. She studied public relations at Boston University, and after a successful career in marketing communications, now devotes her time to writing. Her essays have been published in several literary magazines and compilations. Margarita lives in the Boston suburbs with her husband and two Puerto Rican cats, Luna and Rico. 

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Reviews for A Delicate Marriage

“Margarita Barresi’s A Delicate Marriage is an electrifying debut … smart, heartfelt and timely… a trenchant portrait of an island and a marriage pushed to the breaking point. ”— Junot Diaz, author of This is How You Lose Her

“Immersive and interesting, empathetic, and expansive, Barresi skillfully interweaves a love story with the history of Puerto Rico politics. An impressive debut!”— Susie Orman Schnall, author of We Came Here to Shine

“Barresi expertly weaves captivating details of Puerto Rican history into this gripping love story.”— Independent Book Review

“A Delicate Marriage, with its blend of glamour, charm, and a nostalgic nod to a bygone era, promises to uplift readers’ spirits on even the dreariest of days, inviting them to revisit the tempestuous yet enchanting landscape of Puerto Rico.”— Literary Titan

This book grabbed my interest right away. I felt like I was in Puerto Rico with the beautiful descriptions of the landscape and food. I kept reaching for the margarita that wasn’t there. Ha. The lifestyles of the characters in this novel were highly engrossing. I didn’t know much about Puerto Rico’s government but was impressed by how it was woven into the fabric of the story. Marco and Isabela’s love story is remarkable. Wonderfully written, you won’t be disappointed!

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