The Gods of Tango
by Carolina De Robertis
STONEWALL BOOK AWARD WINNER
From the award-winning, internationally bestselling author of The Invisible Mountain and Perla—a lyrical, riveting story of a young woman whose passion for the early sounds of tango becomes a force of profound and unexpected change.
Arriving in Buenos Aires in 1913, with only a suitcase and her father’s cherished violin to her name, seventeen-year-old Leda is shocked to find that the husband she has traveled across an ocean to reach is dead. Unable to return home, alone, and on the brink of destitution, she finds herself seduced by the tango, the dance that underscores every aspect of life in her new city. Knowing that she can never play in public as a woman, Leda disguises herself as a young man to join a troupe of musicians. In the illicit, scandalous world of brothels and cabarets, the line between Leda and her disguise begins to blur, and forbidden longings that she has long kept suppressed are realized for the first time. Powerfully sensual, The Gods of Tango is an erotically charged story of music, passion, and the quest for an authentic life against the odds.
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2015
An NBC Latino Selection for Ten Great Latino Books published in 2015