OVERRIDE

The Dirty Girls Social Club

A Novel

Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez

St. Martin's Griffin

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

BOOK EXCERPTS

Read an Excerpt

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 g
READ THE FULL EXCERPT
BACK

MEDIA

Watch

  • The Dirty Girls Social Club by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez--Audiobook Excerpt

    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.

BACK

REVIEWS

Praise for The Dirty Girls Social Club

"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."
"As a guilty pleasure it ranks somewhere between Valrhona chocolate and Jimmy Choo shoes-I simply could not put it down."
"...a fresh spin on the best-of-friends novel that's funny, touching, and exhilarating. A winner!"
"The Latina community has a rich new voice and Valdez-Rodriguez is it."
"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
"The feel of a night out with the girls...charming...undeniably fun."
"This lively debut novel...reads like the Hispanic version of Waiting to Exhale."
"As a guilty pleasure it ranks somewhere between Valrhona chocolate and Jimmy Choo shoes-I simply could not put it down."
"...the summer's must-have beach book."
"...a fresh spin on the best-of-friends novel that's funny, touching, and exhilarating. A winner!"
"The Latina community has a rich new voice and Valdez-Rodriguez is it."
"Dirty Girls sets out to prove Latina can mean anything-black, white, rich, poor, Spanish-speaking, not Spanish-speaking."
"...Valdes-Rodriguez has written an incredible first novel, told in six distinct voices and points of view."
"...in the end, it's the complex, finely drawn characters who make the book work."
"...a heartfelt, fast-moving, and often funny page-turner."
"This season's most scrumptious book...a summer must."
"Those who liked The Joy Luck Club or The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood will enjoy The Dirty Girls Social Club...It is heartfelt, fast-moving, and often funny."
"(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."
"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."
"The writing is strong, fluid, and sometimes laugh-out loud funny."
"Valdes-Rodriguez' compelling characters are enhanced by their racial identities but not at all inaccesible to the non-Hispanic...an enjoyable read."
"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."

Reviews from Goodreads

BACK

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.
  • Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez Photo: Anna Peña
    Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
BACK

READING GUIDE

ORGANIZING A READING GROUP

GET THE GUIDE

Download PDF

TELL YOUR FRIENDS

FIND MORE BOOKS

Go to website

STAY UPDATED

Sign Up
BACK

BUY THE BOOK

Available Formats and Book Details

The Dirty Girls Social Club

A Novel

Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez

BOOKS FOR COURSES AVAILABLE

BACK

FROM THE PUBLISHER

St. Martin's Griffin

BACK