Cecilia Samartin's 'Tarnished Beauty' Draws Early Praise for a Modern Legend Where Truth And Attraction Lie Between Scars And Salvation

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Cecilia Samartin's highly anticipated second novel, Tarnished Beauty (Atria, 2008), released on March 18th, has drawn impressive attention and praise.

The release of Cecilia Samartin's highly anticipated second novel, Tarnished Beauty (Atria, 2008), which arrived in bookstores on March 18, has drawn impressive early attention and praise from advance reviewers such as Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly. Kirkus Reviews commented that Ms. Samartin writing is "soulful and unsentimental" and its editors awarded Tarnished Beauty a star for unusual merit.

Publishers Weekly says that "Samartin is at her best when it comes to matters of the heart, portraying the anguish of lost love and the thrill of a young woman's first crush with the same dexterity."

The story surrounds a beautiful young Mexican woman marred by a shockingly
gruesome birthmark that spills over her back and down her legs like a hideous cape of blood. In her search of medical salvation that would help her escape scorn and violence, she embarks on a journey that lands her work at a mental hospital in Los Angeles. But a patient steals Jamilet's legal documents and blackmails her, creating a mysterious turn toward Santiago de Compostela, Spain. As a result, Jamilet - and the reader -discover an altogether unexpected meaning to the word miracle.

Also arriving in bookstores is the new paperback edition Samartin's critically-acclaimed debut novel, Broken Paradise (Washington Square Press). A "Discover Great New Writers" selection by Barnes & Noble, the impressive 2007 debut has been praised by National Book Award winner Carlos Eire ("Waiting for Snow in Havana"), international bestselling author Javier Sierra ("The Secret Supper") and newspapers nationwide. Eire calls Broken Paradise "a stunning literary achievement."

Copies of Samartin's books for review may be obtained by contacting Sara Elena Loaiza of Latino Consultants at 323.344.8080 or Elizabeth Garriga of Simon and Schuster at 212.698.7026, or by sending an e-mail (see contact information).

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