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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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Chantel Acevedo is in New York this week reading from and talking about THE DISTANT MARVELS and the PEN WORLD VOICES festival. Come the author of the book that Booklist said "should bring Acevedo's...

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
  • "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
  • “...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 winner will be announced at the ALA Midwinter conference on January 10, 2016. For a full list of nominees click here.
    — Sep 23 2015
  • For the first USpeak Flash Fiction & Poetry Performance Series of the 2015/16 year, students and the community at large were in for a treat. Local writer and new University of Miami Creative Writing faculty member Chantel Acevedo is back after years away, and on Monday read from...
    — Sep 1 2015
  • With her third novel, Chantel Acevedo, born in Miami, has achieved a rich and engrossing portrayal of life in her ancestral Cuba. Against a background of rich human interaction, horrific suffering frequently threatens any kind of normal living. The year is 1963, during the...
    — Aug 16 2015
  • Chantel Acevedo’s fourth novel, The Distant Marvels (Europa Editions, 2015), opens as Hurricane Flora barrels toward the coast of Cuba. It is 1963 and our eight-three-year-old narrator, María Sirena, is not at all interested in evacuating, but rather, wants some to be left...
    — Jul 4 2015
  • Listen here.
    — Jul 1 2015

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