Born in Rio
Brought to America from Brazil at the age of 10, Rita Ray has assimilated and worked her way to a well-paying New York banking career before she turned 40. She has no real personal friendships or long-term relationships with anyone, coming across as cold and unfriendly, but that was a conscious choice, not wanting to have anyone close enough to have to trust them. Unfortunately for her well-ordered world, her mother falls ill in Rita’s childhood home in Florida and Rita is called home to help with. Having been physically absent from her mother’s life for 20 years, the trip home and reunion with her mother begins Rita’s journey to find her roots and history.
Born in Rio is a story of a woman having to face part of her life and herself long since buried. It is a packet of letters discovered in her mother’s home that leads Rita back to her birthplace of Rio de Janeiro and opens her family history that she never knew. The story is well crafted, with exceptional detail on the city and culture of Rio, in particular. Rita becomes a likable character over the course of the novel, as the layers of her life peel back. Her quest to find the reasons behind her mother’s move to America, and her unknown father, collide in some unpleasant revelations. Rita also begins to open to someone else, a chance meeting with a pleasant man on the plane to Rio. Born in Rio is a well-written novel of growth, forgiveness and new beginnings, with the added bonus of the Brazilian setting.
|Page Count||330 pages|
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