I’ve never heard of Curaçao until I met Guilie Castillo-Oriard, a Mexican writer who lives on the island. Now I know it’s in the southern Caribbean Sea, off the Venezuelan coast.
Maybe it’s this Caribbean paradise, maybe it’s the Latin side of Guilie, or plain ol’ talent, but one thing is clear. Guilie can write emotion.
She makes her fiction touch you. And not only a simple nudge. She prods and pulls and pushes. She offers laughter and sorrow and breathlessness. She gives the reader emotions that her characters experience. Takes the reader to this island. To a paradise at once beautiful and enigmatically foreign.
We’ve all read books that are technically perfect but emotionally barren, right? But not here. Not for one second.
I think you’ll see what I mean if you click on the book (the first in a year-long series) for a sample read. It will take you to this island, but I can’t promise it will let go.
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