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The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao
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'Zesty' Daily Mail 'A real gem of a book' Stylist A wickedly funny tale of two rebellious sisters in 1940s Rio de Janeiro Euridice is bright and ambitious. But this is Brazil in the 1940s, and society expects her to be a loving wife and mother. While Antenor is busy congratulating himself on his excellent catch, Euridice spends her humdrum days ironing his shirts and removing the lumps of onion from his food, dreaming of the success she could have made of herself – as a writer, dressmaker or culinary whizz – in another life. Her free-spirited sister Guida, on the other hand, is the kind of person who was 'born knowing everything'. When she returns from her failed elopement with stories of heartbreak and loss, the lives of Euridice and her husband are thrown into confusion, with disastrous consequences. The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao is a darkly comic debut, bursting with vibrant Brazilian spirit and unforgettable characters – a jubilant novel about the emancipation of women.
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Martha Batalha. (2017). The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao. Oneworld Publications.

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'Zesty' Daily Mail

'A real gem of a book' Stylist

A wickedly funny tale of two rebellious sisters in 1940s Rio de Janeiro

Euridice is bright and ambitious. But this is Brazil in the 1940s, and society expects her to be a loving wife and mother. While Antenor is busy congratulating himself on his excellent catch, Euridice spends her humdrum days ironing his shirts and removing the lumps of onion from his food, dreaming of the success she could have made of herself – as a writer, dressmaker or culinary whizz – in another life.

Her free-spirited sister Guida, on the other hand, is the kind of person who was 'born knowing everything'. When she returns from her failed elopement with stories of heartbreak and loss, the lives of Euridice and her husband are thrown into confusion, with disastrous consequences.

The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao is a darkly comic debut, bursting with vibrant...
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'Zesty' Daily Mail

'A real gem of a book' Stylist

A wickedly funny tale of two rebellious sisters in 1940s Rio de Janeiro

Euridice is bright and ambitious. But this is Brazil in the 1940s, and society expects her to be a loving wife and mother. While Antenor is busy congratulating himself on his excellent catch, Euridice spends her humdrum days ironing his shirts and removing the lumps of onion from his food, dreaming of the success she could have made of herself – as a writer, dressmaker or culinary whizz – in another life.

Her free-spirited sister Guida, on the other hand, is the kind of person who was 'born knowing everything'. When she returns from her failed elopement with stories of heartbreak and loss, the lives of Euridice and her husband are thrown into confusion, with disastrous consequences.

The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao is a darkly comic debut, bursting with vibrant Brazilian spirit and unforgettable characters – a jubilant novel about the emancipation of women.
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        August 15, 2017
        A charming family tale of the Gusmao sisters--whose lives diverge and eventually come together again.The Gusmao family lives in Rio de Janeiro in the 1940s. Euridice worships teenage Guida; Guida tolerates Euridice. Volatile Guida battles her parents until the night she sneaks off with her forbidden boyfriend and doesn't return. Devastated, Euridice mourns the loss; her parents' emotions run the gamut until they write off their eldest. Life goes on, and Euridice marries a sensible choice to please her parents and leaves home to live a lonely life despite her husband and two children. Driven to distraction by boredom, she struggles to fill her days with projects other than cooking and maintaining the home, hiding such ventures from her traditional husband, Antenor, who repeatedly quashes her ambitions when he discovers all that she's hidden from him. Discouraged, a now passively resistant Euridice becomes a mere shadow in the background. Guida unexpectedly returns with her son and a wild tale of her broken relationship, and Euridice's spirit fills with life once again. Batalha's well-rounded characters show how beliefs and decisions--whether acted on openly, as Guida does, or covertly like Euridice--affect their own lives and the lives of others. Batalha portrays the bleakness that can arise in marriage--not an absence of love as much as an absence of appreciating the other's needs or, conversely, of sacrificing one's own needs. Be prepared to love invisible Euridice, who has so much more to offer than the confines of life in Rio allowed at the time. And be prepared to want to kick her in the butt and say, "Come on, woman! Don't give in!" She doesn't. For those who enjoy delving into characters and love to watch life unfold for others, this thought-provoking tale will satisfy. A worthy debut for Batalha, full of wry humor.

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        September 1, 2017
        Brazilian journalist Batalha draws readers into 1940s Rio de Janeiro, where men are the breadwinners and the highest achievement for a woman is to marry and become an obedient housewife. Euridice is a beautiful, ambitious woman with incredible potential for great things, but she sacrifices her aspirations for the sake of her family. After her sister, Guida, runs away, Euridice marries Antenor, a banker who aims to achieve the status quo, and becomes trapped in the routine of married life. However, her ambitions and intellect lead her to pursue a number of highly successful projects. Despite her success, she is continuously ridiculed by the town gossip and is restrained by her own husband. The inherently rebellious Euridice and Guida find that to achieve satisfaction within society's traditional expectations, they must carve out paths for themselves. Batalha's debut shines a light on often-overlooked members of society and paints a thorough and riveting portrait of its characters that will keep readers engaged till the end.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2017, American Library Association.)

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