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Chantel Acevedo

Chantel Acevedo

Chantel Acevedo was born in Miami to Cuban parents. She is the author of A Falling Star, Love and Ghost Letters, winner of the Latino International Book Award, Song of the Red Cloak, and The Distant Marvels, a finalist for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Acevedo is an Associate Professor of English in the MFA Program at the University of Miami.

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Latest reviews

  • “Through gem-like clarity and sparkle, Acevedo gives readers a glimpse into the past...”
    — Midwest Book Review, Nov 27 2017
  • “Avecedo threads into life the compelling story of Eulalia of Spain, a defiant princess who became a powerful manifestation of what it means to live beyond one’s caste, to disregard the chains placed down by tradition, and create a new woman no longer bound by duty.”
    — The Miami Rail, Nov 6 2017
  • “Acevedo’s page-turning historical novel is based on the life of Princess María Eulalia Francisca de Asís y Margarita de Bourbon, a spirited woman with a sense of adventure that defied the gender norms of the Spanish court in the late 19th century.”
    — NBC News, Oct 6 2017
  • “This enchantingly scented breeze of a novel, beginning with the birth of a princess in 19th-century Spain, held me rapt from its opening page.”
    — The Seattle Times, Sep 28 2017
  • "Chantel Acevedo's novel The Living Infinite is a masterfully told work of historical fiction."
    — Largehearted Boy, Sep 27 2017
  • The starred Booklist review of THE DISTANT MARVELS is included in a list of books that "underscore the devastation of hurricanes on people and landscape alike."
    — Booklist Reader, Sep 11 2017
  • "Based on the true story of a 19th-century Spanish princess, this gripping historical novel recounts the travels (to Cuba and America) of the rebellious royal who documented her journey in her controversial feminist memoirs."
    — PureWow, Sep 4 2017
  • "Who can resist a good historical fiction? This irresistible read is based upon the true story of the Spanish princess Eulalia of the Bourbon Court."
    — Bustle, Sep 1 2017
  • “Based on the true story of the Spanish princess Eulalia, Chantel Acevedo’s new novel vividly reimagines the life of the fiery and outspoken woman who, as a child, was part of the Bourbon court at the end of her family’s reign.”
    — Summer Says, Aug 21 2017
  • “The defiant, adventurous spirit of Eulalia gleams throughout this historical novel, based on a real woman who lived in the late 19th century.”
    — Elle Magazine, Aug 21 2017
  • “Miami novelist Acevedo...revisits Spain’s Bourbon Court in this historical novel about the rebellious Spanish Princess Eulalia, who traveled to revolutionary Cuba and the Chicago World’s Fair.”
    — The Miami Herald, Aug 10 2017
  • THE DISTANT MARVELS is highlighted as a novel "that features the people of Cuba and the island itself as a major character in its own drama." Read the full list, including THE DISTANT MARVELS, in Wayfaring Views.
    — Wayfaring Views, Aug 6 2017
  • “...this little-known but fascinating piece of history should appeal widely.”
    — Library Journal, Aug 3 2017
  • “A vivid and enthralling tale of love and redemption.”
    — Booklist, Aug 1 2017
  • “Acevedo’s third novel is a retelling of the life of the Spanish princess Eulalia, born four years before the revolution that removed her mother, Queen Isabella II, from the Spanish throne.”
    — The Millions, Jul 11 2017
  • “Fresh, fast-moving historical fiction from a master storyteller.”
    — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review), Jul 4 2017
  • “I loved this story! Truly, Chantel Acevedo is a storyteller extraordinaire!! A must read!”
    — Stephanie Crowe, Page & Palette, Jul 3 2017
  • "THE DISTANT MARVELS is a moving revelation of a long and often turbulent life, one in which significant episodes both personal and of wider events form the narrative across decades."
    — Insights Magazine, Apr 3 2016
  • "Acevedo’s gorgeously written novel is a heartwarming allegory of survival."
    — NBC Latino, Dec 31 2015
  • The winner will be announced at the ALA Midwinter conference on January 10, 2016. For a full list of nominees click here.
    — Sep 23 2015

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