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The Lady Matador's Hotel by Cristina García
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Oct 18, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: female-author, latin-america
Read from October 18 to 20, 2010

The Lady Matador’s Hotel takes place in an upscale hotel in an unnamed Central American capital. It tells the stories of six individuals whose lives intersect in significant and not so significant ways. The varied characters of the novel include a Mexican-American-Japanese matadora who is competing in a high profile bullfighting competition, a Korean businessman who is under scrutiny for labor rights violations at his factory, a Cuban poet who is in town to adopt a child with his American wife, an ex-guerilla who is a waitress at the hotel, a lawyer who handles international adoptions, and an army colonel who has committed many human rights violations in the country’s recent civil war. It takes place against a backdrop of political turmoil and upcoming controversial elections.

The book was well written and engaging. It was interesting to see the ways the lives of the characters intersected. Each section of the book focuses on a different character. Sometimes the characters appear in the sections of others, often as nothing more than a passing in the hallway, but as the reader you know what each of them is doing there, despite the fact that they barely notice each other. There wasn’t much of an overarching story to the novel, but the individual stories really kept me interested.
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