The Imaginary Life
My review is of the English translation. This is also available on Amazon in Spanish as La vida imaginaria (Spanish Edition).
What do you get when you mix one part Sex and the City, one part Bridget Jones's Diary, one part magic realism, a pinch of saffron and a heaping spoonful of Spanish sensibility? You get the witty, quick-moving novel The Imaginary Life: A Novel by Mara Torres.
When we meet Nata Fortuna, she has just gone through a major breakup and is spending a lot of time thinking about her ex. She weaves back and forth between the reality of her daily life and her fantasy world of what would happen if she saw him again. I think anyone who has gone through the breakup of a serious relationship can relate to the thoughts that flow through her head during this time.
This novel has a fresh take on post-breakup obsession because there are magic realism elements - At one point, Nata flies through the air to visit her ex in his apartment, for example. She also knows she has to move on and does so with an endearing mixture of anxiety and aplomb, with her hilarious friends by her side. The humor in The Imaginary Life is a dry humor, and by reading online reviews, I am not sure everyone got it. The reviews vary widely, but I really enjoyed the novel.
I'm also really excited to announce that Open Road Media will be giving away one copy of this book to a lucky reader in ebook format. Enter below and the winner will be chosen on Monday, August 18, at 9 PM Pacific time.
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