Essa página na revista mensal da segunda maior cadeia britânica de supermercados é imbatível. “Insegura sobre o que sugerir a seu clube do livro? Todo mês o editor literário da publicação Kerry Fowler seleciona um romance que, com certeza, vai fazer você ler, pensar e conversar.” E aí, já viram, dá-lhe THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF EURIDICE GUSMÃO, de Martha Batalha, o livro de outubro.

A super editora de Martha na OneWorld, Juliet Mabey, está mandando pessoalmente essa página da revista para os livreiros chave na Grã-Bretanha. É de cair de paixão.



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

Chegou à agência o exemplar tão esperado de THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF EURIDICE GUSMAO, da Oneworld, e acreditem, a edição é ainda mais linda ao vivo.



Falando em Martha Batalha… a autora foi convidada pela Los Angeles Review of Books para ler trechos de EURÍDICE no evento “New Authors, New Voices” em Hollywood, Califórnia, dia 19 de Setembro. Bom, porque, por sorte, Martha mora não muito longe, em Santa Monica.

Para terminar, as resenhas elogiosas da EURÍDICE inglesa continuam pipocando internet afora. Desta vez, Martha foi elogiada na crítica do site Book Riot.

Riot Roundup: The Best Books We Read In August

The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao by Martha Batalha (October 10, OneWorld Publications)

Euridice is a talented girl with big ideas for herself, but when her sister, Guida, elopes and leaves the family staggering at their loss, Euridice sets aside any of her own ambitions and becomes the model daughter, wife, and mother. But you can’t squash that spirit inside of Euridice, and she tries to do both – be the model wife and mother, and also be a writer, a cook, a seamstress, an entrepreneur, anything to settle that restlessness inside. This book is a series of Euridice’s attempts at the life she wants—the life we all know she needs—despite challenges from nosy neighbors, a highly traditional (if confused) husband, and the surprise return of her sister. I think 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. While the ending of the book is, for me, a bit rushed, the arc of this novel, the writing, the characters, are a joy to read.
—Dana Staves

Eurídice andava meio invisível nas últimas semanas, mas hoje reapareceu no Booklist, um site americano voltado para bliotecários. O mínimo que a resenhista Emily Parker diz de A VIDA INVISÍVEL DE EURÍDICE GUSMÃO, de Martha Batalha, é: “Esse romance de estreia… joga luz sobre membros da sociedade frequentemente negligenciados (pela literatura) e faz retrato tão abrangente e emocionante dos personagens que o leitor fica preso à leitura até o fim do livro.”



Leitores de língua inglesa, como nós, estão encantados por Eurídice Gusmão. Ao receber a resenha de THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF EURIDICE GUSMAO publicada no site The Book Bag, nos emocionamos lembrando de toda a trajetória internacional de Martha Batalha, querida autora da agência. O sucesso de A VIDA INVISIVEL DE EURÍDICE GUSMÃO, lançado no Brasil pela Companhia das Letras, é mais do que merecido. Vida longa a Eurídice!

“Batalha writes in a unique, darkly humorous style that despite its often-satirical tone, remains a realistic, vivid picture of life in a particular city at a particular time.”


“I was convinced that Euridice Gusmao could be any woman in her time and place, of her class but simultaneously that she was her own person, with a fierce sense of individuality of spirit that even her overbearing husband ultimately failed to quash.”



O site independente de crítica literária Foreword Reviews _ “the indie we love” é seu slogan _, que cobre o mercado americano, publicou uma resenha perfeita de THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF EURIDICE GUSMAO, de Martha Batalha. Chegando agora às livrarias britânicas, a edição da OneWorld de A VIDA INVISÍVEL DE EURÍDICE GUSMÃO sai em outubro nos Estados Unidos.

A resenha sintetiza com precisão e rigor a essência do romance de estreia de Martha: “Batalha escreve com vívida ressonância, criando personagens nítidos em Eurídice e Guida, na maternal prostituta Filomena e em Zélia, a vizinha maldosamente fofoqueira. Enquanto os pais, maridos, filhos e amantes das personagens femininas agem de maneiras dominadoras ou destrutivamente débeis, eles parecem mais produtos do ambiente cultural do que vilões descarados.

A VIDA INVISÍVEL DE EURÍDICE GUSMÃO é essencial e divertido, e as vidas de suas heroínas na existência cotidiana são memoráveis e inspiradoras.”

É isso aí. Mandou bem, Foreword.

The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao-ADVANCE PROOF FOREWORD REVIEW