Olor a perfume de viejita
About the Book
Claudia Martinez’ debut novel for young adults is a bittersweet story about death, family and the resilient emotional strength of the human heart. Chela Gonzalez, the book’s narrator, is a nerd and a soccer player who can barely contain her excitement about starting the sixth grade. But nothing is as she imagined—her best friend turns on her to join the popular girls and they all act like Chela doesn’t exist. She buries herself in schoolwork and in the warm comfort of her family. To Chela, her family is like a solar system, with her father the sun and her mother, brothers and sister like planets rotating all around him. It’s the only world she fits in.
But that universe is threatened when her strong father has a stroke. Chela’s grandmother moves in to help the family. The smell of her old lady perfume invades the house. That smell is worse than Sundays. Sundays were sad, but they went just as sure as they came, but death was a whole other thing, and Chela doesn’t understand that’s what everyone is waiting for. In her grief and worry, Chela begins to discover herself and find her own strength.
About the Book
She went on to receive a degree in literature from Claremont McKenna College on a full ride and later moved to Chicago to become one of the city’s youngest non-profit executives before turning her attention to the completion of her first book, The Smell of Old Lady Perfume.
Luis Humberto Crosthwaite was born in Tijuana, Mexico, on February 28th, 1962. Pisces (so what else is new?). Son of Aurora, also called "La Yoya." Crosses into the United States "legally" since birth. Learned English by watching The Flintstones (still doesn't understand why yabadabadoo isn't in Webster's). Teresa's husband (thank God). Tall guy with glasses. Father of Santiago and Josue. Jefe at a small press called Yoremito (but who isn't?). Whoever looks into his heart can see the Pacific Ocean. Ah, those beautiful sunsets! Chinese food. Several books. Beer. Artichokes. Did I mention Teresa's big brown eyes?
Southwest Books of the Year Award, Pima County Public Library
Best of the Best, 2008, Chicago Public Library
Américas Award Commended Title
Texas Institute of Letters’ Best Young Adult Book Award
Paterson Prize for Books for Young People