WHITE LIGHT, A NOVEL

White Light
Vanessa Garcia
Publisher: Shade Mountain Press
PubDate: 9/23/2015
ISBN: 9780991355549

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Synopsis:

Just before her father's sudden death, Cuban-American artist Veronica Gonzalez is offered her first gallery exhibit, a real chance to break into the art world. Torn between the need to mourn and the pressure to create new artwork, Veronica is propelled into a fever-dream of productivity and grief, amidst memories of her tumultuous relationship with her colorful but infuriating Cuban émigré father, a volatile man of outsize appetites and passions who never stopped longing for his homeland. Praised by Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka for its "lyrical pace and texture," WHITE LIGHT maps a young woman's struggle to distill her grief, rage, and love onto the canvas.

Praise for White Light:

“This first novel by Vanessa Garcia, the 2009 runner-up for the Rolex Mentor/Protégé Initiative for Literature, has indirectly rewarded that project in its world-wide search for fresh talent in the arts. A subtly woven network of relationships, it seduces with its lyrical pace and texture, tender and poignant, yet unsentimental. An artiste’s ‘walk in the woods’ that gently takes the reader by the hand.”

- Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate, Author of You Must Set Forth at Dawn

White Light is a wonderfully generous creation, including a myriad of worlds while never blurring the firm line with which the author is always in control. The world of visual arts, of a Cuban American daughter and her difficult father, of food – its joys and terrors – of a young woman’s trying to navigate her way in a world that offers her simultaneously too few and too many possibilities. It is a throbbingly original achievement.”

- Mary Gordon, author of The Love of My Youth and Spending.

“Vanessa Garcia’s brilliant first novel is a fresh contribution to the American portrait of an artist, following a young Cuban-American woman through a journey of personal disaster juxtaposed against professional success. White Light illuminates the complex assimilation of past into present, of heritage into culture, of life into the sort of art that is lasting, meaningful and necessary.”

- A. Manette Ansay, author of Vinegar Hill and Blue Water

“Many-tongued and of mixed-media, White Light is a novel as much about losing a father as about constructing a self through art – and as vibrant for its intelligence as for its emotions, colors, and pure passion.”

- Jane Alison, author of Sisters Antipodes

"The novel weaves the lyrical and prosaic to create a rich narrative tapestry. Garcia, in her very first book, has crafted a wholly distinct voice that's fully formed."

- Neil Vazquez, The Miami New Times

"...a relentless engine, told in rich, smart prose and lucid detail -equal parts elegy and portrait of an artist... A lush, vibrant portrayal of the creative process, a daughter's love, and the unstoppable maelstrom of grief."

- Kirkus Review (Starred Review)

AwardAwards for White Light

International Latino Book Award Winner, Best Popular Fiction, 2016
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Latino Book Awards

White Light Included in Following Reading Lists/Book Clubs

National Latino Book Club Selection
September 2016
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30 Women Novelists You Should Know #30: Vanessa Garcia
By Lynn Canter
January 9, 2016
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2016 Top Ten
"New" Latino Authors to Watch (and Read)
List by LatinoStories.com, The Credible Source for Latino Literature
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NPR'S Best Books of 2015
Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Seriously Good Writing, Realistic Fiction, For Art Lovers
Recommended by Carmen Maria Machado, book critic
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By Navdeep Singh Dhillon
The Storytelling Papa
December 24, 2015
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Al Dia's Best Books of 2015
By Al Dia News Staff
Recommended by Sabrina Vourvoulias
December 23, 2015
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15 Worthwhile Books You Might Have Missed in 2015
Flavorwire's End of Year Booklist
By Sarah Seltzer and Jonathon Sturgeon
December 7, 2015
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NBC LATINO
Summer Reading List: 9 Great New Books By Latino Authors
List by Rigoberto Gonzalez
NBC Latino
July 13, 2015
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The Latina Book Club
Book of the Month: July, 2015
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The 'Not New York Times Summer Reading List'
By Sabrina Vourvoullas
Al Día
May 29, 2015
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Reviews for White Light:

A Coming of Age for Cuban American Literature
By Susannah Rodriguez Drissi
Cuba Counterpoints: Public Scholarship About a Changing Cuba
Cubacounterpoints.com
December 3, 2015
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Ms. Hen Reviews White Light
By Shannon O'Connor
Ms Hen Reviews Things, November 20, 2015
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Paula Lee on White Light
The Book Wheel Presents
#30Authors
30 Authors, 30 Books, 30 Days
By Paula Lee
Eclectic Bookworms Book Blog, Sept. 21, 2015
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Review: "White Light" by Vanessa Garcia
By Laura Albritton
Miami Herald, Sept. 19, 2015
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Kirkus Review
Summer 2015
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