Dirty Girl Does Miami

Chick lit has been a hot seller for several years, but the latest twist on the genre is “chica lit,” stories about intelligent, young women who just happen to have a little Latin fire in their blood. “Ever since The Dirty Girls Social Club came out, the publishers didn’t think Latinas should be writing chick lit, but more like magical realism,” says Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, author of the best selling novel about six young Latinas in Boston. “But there really is a market for it.”

Named one of the 25 most influential Hispanics in America by Time magazine, Valdes-Rodriguez — who is also a professional jazz saxophonist — began her writing career as a journalist. “I think I was pretty fortunate,” she says of being hired as a features writer at the Boston Globe right after graduating with a master’s in journalism from Columbia. “I was able to really write creatively and descriptively in my articles,” she explains of the easy transition to fiction writing. “I approach fiction in a journalist way; I do a lot of reporting ... I have to have that kind of reality base to draw upon.”

Renting a condo in Coral Gables for four months is how Valdes Rodriguez immersed herself in the Miami lifestyle, which enabled her to add more than a dash of local color in her latest book, Make Him Look Good. “In Miami it is really crazy the emphasis that is put on appearance,” she adds. “It is shocking how you have to have plastic surgery to fit in!” Meet the vivacious author today at 4:00 at the Miami Dade Public Library Key Biscayne Branch (299 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne) or at 8:00 p.m. at Books & Books. Admission is free. Call 305-442-4408, or visit www.alisavaldesrodriguez.com.
Tue., April 18

 
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