May 6 @ 6:30 pm
WHEN FIFTEEN YEAR-OLD CUBAN AMERICAN MARIANA RUIZ’S FATHER RUNS FOR PRESIDENT, MARI STARTS TO SEE HIM WITH NEW EYES. A NOVEL ABOUT WAKING UP AND SPEAKING UP, AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU STOP SEEING YOUR DAD AS YOUR HERO—WHILE THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS WATCHING.
In this thoughtful, authentic, humorous, and gorgeously written novel about privacy, waking up, and speaking up, Senator Anthony Ruiz is running for president. Throughout his successful political career he has always had his daughter’s vote, but a presidential campaign brings a whole new level of scrutiny to sheltered fifteen-year-old Mariana and the rest of her Cuban American family, from a 60 Minutes–style tour of their house to tabloids doctoring photos and inventing scandals. As tensions rise within the Ruiz family, Mari begins to learn about the details of her father’s political positions, and she realizes that her father is not the man she thought he was.
But how do you find your voice when everyone’s watching? When it means disagreeing with your father—publicly? What do you do when your dad stops being your hero? Will Mari get a chance to confront her father? If she does, will she have the courage to seize it?
In conversation with CHANTEL ACEVEDO
Called “a master storyteller” by Kirkus Reviews, Chantel Acevedo is the author of Love and Ghost Letters (St. Martin’s Press), winner of the Latino International Book Award; A Falling Star (Carolina Wren Press), winner of the Doris Bakwin Award, The Distant Marvels (Europa Editions), which was a finalist for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and most recently, The Living Infinite (Europa Editions), hailed by Booklist as a “vivid and enthralling tale of love and redemption.” Her essays have appeared in Vogue and Real Simple, among others. MUSE SQUAD: THE CASSANDRA CURSE, is Acevedo’s new middle grade series forthcoming from Balzer + Bray. She is Professor of English at the University of Miami, where she directs the MFA program.
About the Author
Natalia Sylvester is the author of two novels for adults, CHASING THE SUN and EVERYONE KNOWS YOU GO HOME, which won an International Latino Book Award. RUNNING, her debut novel for young adults, is a 2020 Junior Library Guild Selection. Born in Lima, Peru, Sylvester grew up in Florida and Texas and received a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami. nataliasylvester.com | Twitter/Instagram: @nataliasylv.