Evenings at the Argentine Club

By Julia Amante (Trade Paperback, 2009)
Victor and Jaqueline Torres imagined moving to the U.S. would bring happiness and prosperity-instead they found a world of frustration. While Victor put long hours into his restaurant business, Jaqui devoted her life to her daughters, until they grew up and moved on. Even their eldest, Victoria, is torn trying to reconcile being the perfect Argentine daughter and an independent American woman. Antonio and Lucia Orteli face the same realities, especially when their only son Eric leaves their close-knit Argentine community in pursuit of his own dreams. When Eric unexpectedly shows up at the Argentine Club-the heart of the Argentine community in southern California-he starts a series of events that will bring these two families closer than ever. New relationships are formed and old ones are put to the test, as everyone must learn how to balance different cultures-and different dreams-without hurting those they love.
  • Grand Central Publishing
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $13.99 US/$16.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780446581622

    • On Sale Date: 09/25/2009

    • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

    • Imprint: Grand Central Publishing

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Electronic Book

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Victor and Jaqueline Torres imagined moving to the U.S. would bring happiness and prosperity-instead they found a world of frustration. While Victor put long hours into his restaurant business, Jaqui devoted her life to her daughters, until they grew up and moved on. Even their eldest, Victoria, is torn trying to reconcile being the perfect Argentine daughter and an independent American woman. Antonio and Lucia Orteli face the same realities, especially when their only son Eric leaves their close-knit Argentine community in pursuit of his own dreams. When Eric unexpectedly shows up at the Argentine Club-the heart of the Argentine community in southern California-he starts a series of events that will bring these two families closer than ever. New relationships are formed and old ones are put to the test, as everyone must learn how to balance different cultures-and different dreams-without hurting those they love.

Julia Amante had the misfortune of growing up away from the extended family that is so valued in the Latin culture, but missed out on very little of what it means to be Argentine. Asados were sacred meals shared together on weekends. Cheering for the Argentine soccer team was a must, as were the weekly pilgrimages to the Argentine Club in Los Angeles where the young Americanized kids hid under the tables and watched the adults dance tango until the wee hours of the morning. Julia giggled right along with the rest of the kids at how "geeky" the parents looked, but secretly, was intrigued by the romantic culture and passionate music.
  • "Julia Amante understands the ties that bind all families regardless of culture and nationality--the struggle for identity, the importance of  dreams, and above all, love. I truly enjoyed Evenings at the Argentine Club." (New York Times bestselling author Jill Marie Landis).

  • "Evenings at the Argentine Club is a big, beautiful novel of love, family, and the close-knit community they inhabit. By turns touching, funny, tragic, and triumphant, it's the story of an endearing group of people in search of their own American dream. This book is a delightful feast for the reader." (New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs).

  • "In Evenings at the Argentine Club, Julia Amante has created an enchanting community to fall into, true-to-life characters to fall in love with, and a rich story that will fall directly onto readers' keeper shelves. Amante's tale is tantalizing tango for the imagination." (Lynda Sandoval, award winning author of Unsettling and Who's Your Daddy?).

  • "A fresh and unique perspective into a culture that is at once foreign and familiar. I savored every word." (Julie Leto, New York Times bestselling author ).

  • "An engaging story of family, community and the love the binds it all together. "  (RT Book Reviews ).

  • "The story of Victoria and Eric is a story of family, culture, class, success, and love in the vein of the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding." (Booklist).

  • "Evenings at the Argentine Club is a compelling exploration of one woman's search for her identity and of what it means to fall in love just as you're discovering who you are. While the themes are universal, details about Argentine customs and culture add unique depth. Evenings at the Argentine Club is a gorgeous romance-both between Eric and Victoria and between the Ortelis, the Torres family, and la patria." (Michelle Buonfiglio, Romance Buy the Book(romancebytheblog.blogspot.com)).

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Evenings at the Argentine Club
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Price: $13.99 US/$16.99 CAN
  • Pages: 352
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/4" x 8"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780446581622
  • On Sale Date: 09/25/2009
Evenings at the Argentine Club