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Publisher's Summary

A vibrant and absorbing novel of six friends - each an unforgettable Latina in her late 20s - and the complications and triumphs in their lives. 

As soon as it was written, The Dirty Girls Social Club began turning heads. The Chicago Tribune reported that the book "set off a bidding frenzy" among publishers. The Associated Press reported that "even people running the copy machines at major publishing houses just had to read The Dirty Girls Social Club." 

It's no wonder the media is all in a whirl. In this heartfelt and absorbing novel, Valdes-Rodriguez opens up the lives of six upwardly mobile Latina friends in their late 20's. These women, who come from widely varied backgrounds, meet at Boston University and, after graduating, reunite every six months to share their stories. Facing the complications and pressures of everyday lives, the Social Club offers a chance to meet regularly, dish, dine, and help each other over the bumpy course of life and love. 

Filled with humor, drama, and the redemptive power of friendship, The Dirty Girls Social Club promises to be one of the most talked-about books of the year. 

©2003 Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez (P)2002 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Critic Reviews

"This is a fun, irresistible debut." (Publishers Weekly

"As a guilty pleasure I would say The Dirty Girls Social Club 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)  

"This is a heartfelt, fast-moving, and often funny page-turner." (Booklist

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Entertaining but not spectactular

This book was a light, entertaining listen as long as you don't expect too much. While the character were interesting, the story was somewhat predictable. My biggest disappointment with this audiobook however was not with the story, which was amusing enough. Instead- it was with the author who insited on reading the book herself. She tries to hold on to character voices and accents, but slips back into her natural voice an accent within a few sentences. This became distracting to the point of annoyance at times. Other than that, it was a fun, easy listen.

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Lots of fun!!

Just need to pay attention ....a lot of characters! I really loved it and would highly recommend it!

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The Dirty Girls Social Club

Absolutely loved this book. The characters were colorful and wonderful. Women of all ages will appreciate the deep friendships and their circle of love and support. It was a treat to hear the author 'read' her book to us. My only criticism is I would have preferred an unabridged version. I look forward to a sequel from this talented writer.

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Go unabridged!

A great book - would have rather had an unabridged edition to hear every last detail!

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Great American stories

This book does a great job of of setting a common American story, that which describes the experiences, differences and similarities between immigrants and natives of (perhaps) the same ethnic group. This group of girlfriends explore the varied hardships, adventures,and joys that comprise the latina experience in the USA. The well written stories are sad, thought provoking and at times hilarious. This would make a great movie and do much to show other Americans how varied Hispanic life and culture can be. The only problem with this book is that it wasn't long enough. I would peek at the timer and lament that this book was almost over.

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Great stories!

I loved this book! The characters were interesting and I cared about them. Even though I am not Latina, I could totally related to the characters. They were women, who happened to be Hispanic. As an anthropologist, I found the variations between different subcultures fascinating.

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I was expecting way better

I was excited to listen to this on audible. The narrator was the worst I’ve ever listened to before. She may have ruined the book more. It was cringe worthy. I’m so disappointed.

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love

I absolutely love your book! it's my second time reading it and just purchased the hard copy!

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love love love it

loved all of it, from start to finish, not even halfway through I knew I was hoping for a sequel, just more, give me more

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Meh, I've heard worse.

I personally can't identify with any of the women in this book, and while that isn't the books fault, I am puzzled as to why this was assigned for my southwest lit class. I'm pretty sure the the teacher had no idea this was essentially a Latina sex in the city based in Boston, and it has nothing to do with Cowboy novels. I will say the author is skilled at capturing a slice of life from the perspective of each character. This just isn't up my alley. The author reads her own work and while I usually love that, she employs a great deal of vocal fry/creaky voice that drives me up a wall.