The Imaginary Life
Author: Mara Torres
Genre: Women’s Fiction,
Publisher: Grupo Planeta
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Source: TLC Book Tours
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Summary from Goodreads:
Meet Fortunata Fortuna, at a crossroads but ready to make her mark on the world
What goes through your head when the person you love leaves you? What do you do with your life when you have to start it all over again? Do you make it up? Nata’s world fills with unanswered questions when Beto leaves her. But time doesn’t stop, and the stories that Nata begins to tell herself about her own life lead her to a place where everything becomes possible again.
Original and contemporary, this debut novel, a finalist for the Planeta Prize, has the nerve center of a confessional and introduces readers to Fortunata Fortuna, a character the world won’t soon forget.
“Life sucks. I don’t mean always; I mean now. I don’t mean that life has sucked since the moment I was born. I mean these past few days, weeks, months. Days when I open the window in the morning and couldn’t care less if the plum tree opposite me is in bloom or has withered away. These colourless months, not even black and white but drab. Like the pages on a calendar: the mornings at work, the evenings when I collapse onto this sofa and stare at the wall until everything goes blurry and I have to blink because my vision has clouded over.”
Ever wonder what could happen in a post-breakup situation? Well I jumped into The Imaginary Life to find out! I was instantly attracted to the cover. The use of pink against the off-white background gave this book a nice pop that made it stand out more. Nata is indeed an interesting character, she knows she needs to accept what has happened and move on, yet she seems to keep doing things to throw herself 10 steps back. The Imaginary Life is split up into 3 parts, and within each part each chapter has a named with sayings. This added a very unique and cute spin on the story, I often found myself reading a chapter and trying to connect it to the title of that chapter.
At times I struggled trying to identify who the narrator was, I wasn’t sure if we were being introduced to another character or not. This lead to some confusion on my part and had me flipping back pages and re-reading. I also struggled to grasp the magical part of this story. What I loved about Mara Torres’ writing style is that it allowed me to really put my imagination to work. And I don’t mean I had to work hard to picture everything, just that there was great use of words that had me wanting to picture every detail and every moment.
Overall, The Imaginary Life was more enjoyable then I thought it would be! I think this is a great read for everyone with valuable life lessons. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending, although I understand what it symbolizes, I would have like to see more of depth as to what and where Nata’s life will go from here. I wonder if a second book is in the making, probably not but one can hope!
About the Author
Mara Torres is a reporter and author. She earned a degree in journalism from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). Torres began her professional career in radio in the 1990s; a decade later, Hablar por hablar became a leading show on evening radio. In 2006 Torres moved to Spanish Television Information Services, where she is a host of news and entertainment shows. Among other awards, Torres has won the Golden Antenna and the Silver Microphone. She has published two nonfiction books. The Imaginary Life is her first novel and her first book in English.