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Dando continuidade à cobertura da recepção crítica conferida a THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF EURIDICE GUSMAO, a tradução inglesa do romance de Martha Batalha, lançada pela OneWorld, compartilhamos o balanço que a editora Juliet Mabey está enviando a livreiros nos dois lados do Atlântico, Grã-Bretanha e EUA. Recepção de gala, substancial e panegírica. Ainda falta o artigo que vai sair na revista da cadeia de supermercados Sainsbury, com circulação de mais de 100.000 cópias, em outubro.

Daily Mail 22.9.17


One of 9 Fall Book Debuts by Women You’re Going to Want to Read Immediately (Bustle)

One of the Top 28 Fiction Books for Fall 2017 (Huffington Post)

One of the Best 18 Books to Read This Fall (Chicago Review of Books)

Euridice is young, beautiful and ambitious, but when her rebellious sister Guida elopes, she sets her own aspirations aside and vows to settle down as a model wife and daughter. And yet as her husband’s professional success grows, so does Euridice’s feeling of restlessness. She embarks on a series of secret projects from creating recipe books to becoming the most sought-after seamstress in town ― but each is doomed to failure. This book vividly describes the lives of two rebellious sisters in 1940s who refuse to abide by the misogynist culture. Humorous and exuberant, this book is a rare treat!’ Chicago Review of Books

Earthy and witty, and the lives of its heroines of everyday existence are memorable and inspiring.’ Foreword


[A] bustling story [with] vividly drawn characters … A novel that brims indeed with invisible life – not just Euridice’s, but the dreams of an entire cast of women: housewives, daughters, and the forsaken who fall in between.’ Claire Allfree, The Daily Mail

With something of Chocolat’s charm about it, this is a funny, empowering tale of two sisters in forties Rio de Janeiro whose lives diverge only to come back together as they search for a sense of their own lives. A real gem of a book.’ Stylist

An impressible tale of life and love, of ambition thwarted and fulfilled and of the deals we make with ourselves and others – all set against the backdrop of 1940s Rio de Janeiro. [Martha Batalha] effortlessly brings to life not only her many characters, but the sights, smells and experiences of the world they live in with a deft, wry touch. Characters are at the heart of this enchanting, unusual debut novel with witty, evocative prose.’ Kate Whiting, The Herald

This debut novel is tremendous fun. Remarkable things are described with matter-of-fact simplicity, and mundane routines take on epic adornment. Ordinary citizens and families become heroes from their own doorsteps and kitchens. It is a story of kindness and grace, which does not need to be any longer, but is sufficiently addictive to make us wish it were.’ Philippa Williams, The Lady

‘A tale of spirited rebellion.’ The Bookseller


You’re going to love it. Filled with intrigue, mystery, sadness, and a whole lot of strong female leads, The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao isn’t a novel to miss this season.’ Bustle

Batalha’s debut shines a light on often-overlooked members of society and paints a thorough and riveting portrait of its characters that will keep readers engaged till the end.’ Emily Park, Booklist

A charming family tale of the Gusmao sisters – whose lives diverge and eventually come together again. Batalha’s well-rounded characters show how beliefs and decisions – whether acted on openly, as Guida does, or covertly like Euridice – affect their own lives and the lives of others. Batalha portrays the bleakness that can arise in marriage – not an absence of love as much as an absence of appreciating the other’s needs or, conversely, of sacrificing one’s own needs. Be prepared to love invisible Euridice, who has so much more to offer than the confines of life in Rio allowed at the time. And be prepared to want to kick her in the butt and say, “Come on, woman! Don’t give in!” She doesn’t. For those who enjoy delving into characters and love to watch life unfold for others, this thought-provoking tale will satisfy. A worthy debut for Batalha, full of wry humor.Kirkus

What spoke to me so much about Euridice’s story is the way we try to model ourselves into what others want us to be – quiet and suitable and fine, just fine, always fine – but the way also that Euridice knows that’s all a load of bull. Her strength and scrappiness (this lady is the definition of scrappy) always wins – it always has to. Her journey is such a satisfying one to watch. A joy to read.’ Dana Staves, Book Riot

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