The Dirty Girls Social Club

A Novel

Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez

St. Martin's Griffin

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In this irrepressible, can't-put-it-down novel of six friends-each one an unforgettable woman in her late twenties-you'll meet:

--Lauren, the "caliente" columnist for the local Boston paper whose love live has recently led her to her boyfriend's closet...to catch him in the act with someone else
--Sara, the perfect wife and mother who's got it all but who is paying a high price
--Amber, raised a Valley girl without a word of Spanish but who is becoming a huge rock en espanol star
--Elizabeth, the stunning black Latina whose TV anchor job conflicts with her intensely private personal life
--Rebecca, hyper-in-command in the world of her glossy magazine, Ella, but totally at sea when it comes to men
--Usnavys, fabulous and larger than life, whose agenda to land the kind of man who can keep her in Manolos almost prevents her finding true love

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Chapter One

Twice a year, every year, the sucias show up. Me, Elizabeth, Sara, Rebecca, Usnavys, and Amber. We can be anywhere in the world—and, being sucias, we travel a lot—but we get on a plane, train, whatever, and get back to Boston for a night of food, drink (my specialty), chisme y charla. (That's gossip and chat, y'all.)

We've done this for six years, ever since we graduated from Boston University and promised each other to meet twice a year, every year, for the rest of our lives. Yeah, it's a big commitment. But you know how melodramatic college girls can get.

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt and hear Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez read from her novel The Dirty Girls Social Club, a vibrant and absorbing novel of six friends--each an unforgettable Latina in her late twenties--and the complications and triumphs in their lives. As soon as it was written, The Dirty Girls Social Club began turning heads. It's no wonder the media is all in a whirl.

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Praise for The Dirty Girls Social Club

"The feel of a night out with the girls...charming...undeniably fun."
- Miami Herald

"This lively debut novel...reads like the Hispanic version of Waiting to Exhale."
- New York

"As a guilty pleasure it ranks somewhere between Valrhona chocolate and Jimmy Choo shoes-I simply could not put it down."
- Whitney Otto, author of How to Make an American Quilt

"...the summer's must-have beach book."
- Latina magazine

"...a fresh spin on the best-of-friends novel that's funny, touching, and exhilarating. A winner!"
- Jennifer Crusie

"The Latina community has a rich new voice and Valdez-Rodriguez is it."
- Jeffrey Kluger, coauthor of Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13

"Dirty Girls sets out to prove Latina can mean anything-black, white, rich, poor, Spanish-speaking, not Spanish-speaking."
- The Miami Herald

"...Valdes-Rodriguez has written an incredible first novel, told in six distinct voices and points of view."
- Library Journal

"...in the end, it's the complex, finely drawn characters who make the book work."
- Rocky Mountain News

"...a heartfelt, fast-moving, and often funny page-turner."
- Booklist

"This season's most scrumptious book...a summer must."
- Advocate

"Those who liked The Joy Luck Club or
iThe Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood will enjoy The Dirty Girls Social Club...It is heartfelt, fast-moving, and often funny."
- Oklahoman

"(an) affecting debut that takes a long, hard, and funny look at life in the U.S. for Latina women...an upscale telenovela with well-drawn, charmingly flawed characters from an author who explodes some myths."
- Kirkus Reviews

"Marked by fast-paced dialogue and a pop-culture sensibility, this engaging novel, each section of which is written from a different woman's perspective, carries an unmistakable message."
- Book

"The writing is strong, fluid, and sometimes laugh-out loud funny."
- Pioneer Press

"Valdes-Rodriguez' compelling characters are enhanced by their racial identities but not at all inaccesible to the non-Hispanic...an enjoyable read."
- San Antonio Express-News

"Valdes-Rodriguez' novel delivers on the promise of its sexy title (with a) diverse group of women that defies stereotypes. The book addresses serious questions-prejudice, the difficulty of winning respect from Latino men-but balances them with enough romances...to satisfy any chick lit fan. This is a fun, irresistible debut."
- Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist and a former staff writer for both the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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The Dirty Girls Social Club
A Novel
Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
May 2004
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312313821
ISBN10: 0312313829
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$15.99

Abridged Digital Audio

Abridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
May 2003
Abridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781593973063
ISBN10: 1593973063
Audio Run Time: 5:00
$14.99

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429909754
ISBN10: 1429909757
304 pages
$9.99
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