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The Dirty Girls Social Club

A Novel

Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez

St. Martin's Griffin

Inseparable since their days at Boston University almost ten years ago, six friends form the Dirty Girls Social Club, a mutual support and (mostly) admiration society that, no matter what happens to each of them (and a lot does), meets regularly to dish, dine, and compare notes on the bumpy course of life and love.

Las sucias are:

Lauren, the resident "caliente" columnist for the local paper, which advertises her work with the line "Her casa is su casa, Boston," but whose own home life has recently involved hiding in her boyfriend's closet to catch him in the act

Sara, the perfect wife and mother who always knew exactly the life she wanted and got it, right down to the McMansion in the suburbs and two boisterous boys, but who is paying a hefty price

Amber, the most idealistic and artistic member of the club, who was raised a Valley girl without a word of Spanish and whose increasing attachment to her Mexica roots coincides with a major record label's interest in her music

Elizabeth, the stunning black Latina whose high-profile job as a morning television anchor conflicts with her intensely private personal life, which would explain why the dates the other dirty girls set her up on never work out

Rebecca, intense and highly controlled, who flawlessly runs Ella, the magazine she created, but who can't explain why she didn't understand the man she married and now doesn't even share a room with

Usnavys, irrepressible and larger than life, whose agenda to land the kind of man who can keep her in Manolo Blahniks and platanos almost prevents her from seeing true love when it lands in her lap

There's a lot of catching up to do.

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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 g
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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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"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."

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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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