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Twenty-four year old Daniella is an architecture student living with her narcissistic artist boyfriend in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Abandoned by her father at an early age, Daniella always falls for the wrong type of man. Her most enduring male relationship so far is with her 30-pound Turkish angora cat. Thankfully, Daniella's mother is always there to offer a shoulder. Sever...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by Zumaya Otherworlds (first published March 1st 2009)
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Cheryl C.
What do a naive and deeply sensitive college student, a modern-day Zorro who goes around slashing the rear ends of women in mini-skirts, a smug and selfish artist with a love of LSD, an ex-husband with his eye on revenge, a woman who collects torture devices, and a socialist--maybe communist--best friend who is in love with a priest, have in common?

They all live in steamy San Juan, Puerto Rico and they can all be found in "Sunstruck", the latest release from talented author Mayra Calvani.

I've...more
Beverly McClure
Take a college student studying architecture, her artist boyfriend who hates her cat whether he (the boyfriend) is strung out on LSD or sober, her ex-husband and his new wife, AKA Lady Dracula, who keeps bottles of blood in the fridge. Add an atheist friend in love with a priest, a Zorro look-a-like who goes around slashing the rear ends of women wearing mini-skirts, and a mother who may just be involved in a women’s revolution against Zorro. Mix them all together, and you have a story that will...more
Autumn Blues Reviews
A feverish mix of disturbed characters in another time and space, truly facetious entertainment from Calvani.

In steamy San Juan, Puerto Rico, these and other crazed, eccentric characters swirl together in an intriguing, warped, darkly humorous world where not even cats are safe from chemically induced madness.

Sunstruck was of interest to me in part because the author Calvani lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico and this is where Sunstruck comes to life. Having been born in Puerto Rico myself I found i...more
Sandra Lopez
Review: First off: the cover--confusing but alluring, like a painting you can't take your eyes off of.

Then we get into the story. Daniella is a college student--nice, friendly, normal. I wonder why she was hanging out with such weird (and crazy) people, like her art critic ex-husband and his gothic, witch-like wife or her dope-smoking, live-in boyfriend that hates her cat. Was she lost or confused or something?

At times, I felt Daniella had no mind of her own. She says she wants to be "free of me...more
Stephanie LaPlante
I got a chance to review one of my new favorite books called Sunstruck by Mayra Calvani. This book literally had me captivated from the very first page. I'm not even exaggerating, this book was extremely difficult to stop reading.

Based around a character named Daniella, you are taken on a mysterious adventure with a psychedelic twist. She's surrounded by crazy artists, scary beings and some mysterios character who slashes the zorro sign on the buttocks of women who wear miniskirts at night. Surr...more
Kathleen O'Mara
Sunstruck opens in sweltering San Juan, Puerto Rico giving the reader an instant taste of the exotic island. Mayra Calvani describes the sights, sounds and smells of this tropical city as only a native Puerto Rican can.

Daniella is a student with a taste for artistic and amazingly handsome men. Unfortunately, the men are as broke as they are handsome and as dysfunctional as they are artistic. Still she can’t seem to help herself. She emotionally bounces back and forth between her ex-husband and...more
Cristine
What do you get when you combine the sultry locale of Puerto Rico with the eccentric characters of the local art world? A humorous romp through the lives of complex set of characters is at the heart of the novel Sunstruck, by Mayra Calvani.



Sunstruck focuses on several characters in the Puerto Rican art world. All the characters interact with the protagonist Daniella. Daniella is at a cross-roads in her life. Between her philosophical studies and her complex relationships, Daniella is unsure how...more
Lissette
Daniella has always done her best to make the most of the life she's lived. She's dealt with her father leaving at an early age and an ex-husband who blames her for his past failures. Her mother seems to think that there's something more meaningful waiting for her out there, but only if she allows herself to see it. Unfortunately, she's not willing to live by someone else's rules other than her own.

Immersed within her architecture studies, Daniella yearns for a life where she doesn't have to wai...more
Livin' la  Vida Latina
Reviewed by: Sandra L

Review: First off: the cover--confusing but alluring, like a painting you can't take your eyes off of.

Then we get into the story. Daniella is a college student--nice, friendly, normal. I wonder why she was hanging out with such weird (and crazy) people, like her art critic ex-husband and his gothic, witch-like wife or her dope-smoking, live-in boyfriend that hates her cat. Was she lost or confused or something?

At times, I felt Daniella had no mind of her own. She says she wa...more
Vibina Venugopal
Daniella is an architecture graduate whose life seem to be taking wierd turns off late around her.. .Her ex-husband has married a rich old lady, Irene whom Daniella refers to 'Lady Dracula' , she has few strange behaviour like she collects crime instruments, her house is a standing museum of it, she applies frog's blood to keep up her youth....Tony is a struggling artist and Daniella's current boy-friend, Daniella has a strange equation with him , yet they share cute moments...Daniella's best fr...more
Babs
This book was so crazy it was fantastic. Talk about a nutty twisty book this is it and all in good fun. This book will not disappoint you at all. The part I liked best about this book is catching myself laughing out loud at some of the craziness in this book. The characters are really interesting to say the least. Wait till you read about Zorro what a hoot. Mayra is a great author and I will be looking for more books from her.
Brenda Demko
Sunstruck was unlike anything I've read before. It is very unique and quirky.

The characters were bizarre to say the least.


It was fun to read something different for a change. If you are looking for a change of pace in your reading, this may be for you.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Mark Roberts
I kept reading this book because the dialogue and the internal monologues, and therefore the characters, were so engaging. This book is — unique.
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Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, and Bloomsbury Review, among many others. When she’s not writing, reading, editing or reviewing, she enjoys walking he...more
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