Back to El Dorado: A Novel. By Mireya Perez-Bustillo.

Back to El Dorado: A Novel. By Mireya Perez-Bustillo.

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Back to El Dorado: A Novel. By Mireya Perez-Bustillo. ISBN: 978-0915745135. $22.95

6" x 9" Black & White on Cream paper 246 pages


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How do we handle values, desires and the things we learn, on both sides of the border? That’s what this novel is about. Reyna, who is the key protagonist in her formative years, tells us, with great tenderness and erudition, a story not just about her family but her country: Colombia. From the coffee boom of the early 20th century until the “bad times” – those when violence became rife – this bildungsroman, while inserting glances to the fabric of Colombian history and mythology, offers an intimate story of love, of nostalgia.
Lourdes Vázquez, Novelist, essayist

Latinos/as in America face challenges in navigating their dual identities. This novel provides readers an opportunity to walk in Reyna’s shoes during a personal quest to find herself. The story of exploration for self-identity and cultural pride will resonate with and validate the experiences of many; while bringing attention to critical issues of race, class, and privilege. Find yourself in this captivating piece.
Dr. Damary Bonilla-Rodriguez,
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader

Mireya Pérez-Bustillo weaves a compelling and wistful narrative across a richly textured landscape. This literary exploration of identity and transformation offers vivid nuances and compelling details, in a voice that is personable, authentic and timeless.
Daniel Gallant, Executive Director,
Nuyorican Poets Café

Back to El Dorado is a stunning debut novel from Mireya Pérez-Bustillo, a writer whose storytelling techniques capture the reader from its opening chapter until the final page. The author’s use of language to paint exquisite imagery throughout sets this novel apart from others. Pérez-Bustillo explores themes guaranteed to capture the attention of readers from diverse backgrounds. The journey of protagonist, 15 year old Reyna, resonates with many; we watch her grapple with issues of identity, unravel complicated family dynamics and witness first-hand the impact of privilege. When Reyna begins to embrace her own unique and powerful voice and ultimately her heritage, we cheer her on. This author is also a well-regarded poet and her poetic skills serve to strengthen the novel. Some of the many strengths of this novel include the author’s use of poetic language, breathtaking imagery and an uncanny ability to bring silenced voices to the forefront. Universal themes that draw the reader into the narrative include exploring hidden family stories, resilient images of women and complicated dynamics between family members. It is a novel whose powerful themes and image s will remain with you long after you have finished the book.
JP Howard, author of SAY/MIRROR,
Winner of the Judith A. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award and Lambda Literary Finalist

The myth of El Dorado is a tale of a quest for material riches somewhere in the hinterland of South America. In this novel of a privileged adolescent girl’s sentimental and unsentimental education following her return from the Cold War United States to her native Colombia during the fraught 1950s, Mireya Pérez-Bustillo depicts, with acute and enlivening sensibility, the complexities involved not only in moving from one world to another, but in learning the multiple ways in which these seemingly distinct worlds are intimately connected. And in the character of Reyna, she has given us a thoughtful and venturesome heroine entirely capable of absorbing the implacable lessons of history and, more importantly, attempting to change the directions of that history, which is also her own.

Christopher Winks, Chair of Comparative Literature at
Queens College/CUNY Writer and translator

 

 MIREYA PEREZ-BUSTILLO, a native of Colombia; grew up on L. I. and Queens,  N.Y. Writing for her is “un canto y un tejido” where her fiction and poetry  in Spanish and English search to break through silence and oppression.


Among her publications are “Latina Self-Narratives” in La mujer hispana en el mundo; “Bluey,” NYU Network Journal, La picara y la dama (ediciones Universal); The female Body (Greenwood Press); and short fiction in Revista del Hada, MER VOX, among others.

 She is an Associate Professor Emerita from The College of New Rochelle and a Coordinator of  Latino Study Groups at the IRP Program at the New School University.
She has read her work at Radio WADO “Perspectives“ with Louis Reyes Rivera; WKCR “Art Waves” with Anne Cammon; Malin Falu’s program, and appeared on “Poet-to Poet, Manhattan Cable and Brooklyn Across TV.

She has been awarded writing residencies at Byrdcliffe, Vermont Studio Center, NYU Faculty Resource Network and Dingle Writers in Ireland.


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

MIREYA PEREZ-BUSTILLO, a native of Colombia; grew up on L. I. and Queens,  N.Y. Writing for her is “un canto y un tejido” where her fiction and poetry  in Spanish and English search to break through silence and oppression.


Among her publications are “Latina Self-Narratives” in La mujer hispana en el mundo; “Bluey,” NYU Network Journal, La picara y la dama (ediciones Universal); The female Body (Greenwood Press); and short fiction in Revista del Hada, MER VOX, among others.

 She is an Associate Professor Emerita from The College of New Rochelle and a Coordinator of  Latino Study Groups at the IRP Program at the New School University.

She has read her work at Radio WADO “Perspectives“ with Louis Reyes Rivera; WKCR “Art Waves” with Anne Cammon; Malin Falu’s program, and appeared on “Poet-to Poet, Manhattan Cable and Brooklyn Across TV.

She has been awarded writing residencies at Byrdcliffe, Vermont Studio Center, NYU Faculty Resource Network and Dingle Writers in Ireland.



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