May 19 @ 7:30 pm
In-Person | On a Night of a Thousand Stars: An Evening with Andrea Yaryura Clark and Jennifer Scruby
Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present…
An Evening with Andrea Yaryura Clark
in conversation with
(Grand Central Publishing, $28)
Thursday, May 19, 7:30 PM ET
About the Book:
In this moving, emotional narrative of love and resilience, a young couple confronts the start of Argentina’s Dirty War in the 1970s, and a daughter searches for truth twenty years later.
New York, 1998. Santiago Larrea, a wealthy Argentine diplomat, is holding court alongside his wife, Lila, and their daughter, Paloma, a college student and budding jewelry designer, at their annual summer polo match and soiree. All seems perfect in the Larreas’ world—until an unexpected party guest from Santiago’s university days shakes his usually unflappable demeanor. The woman’s cryptic comments spark Paloma’s curiosity about her father’s past, of which she knows little.
When the family travels to Buenos Aires for Santiago’s UN ambassadorial appointment, Paloma is determined to learn more about his life in the years leading up to the military dictatorship of 1976. With the help of a local university student, Franco Bonetti, an activist member of H.I.J.O.S.—a group whose members are the children of the desaparecidos, or the “disappeared,” men and women who were forcibly disappeared by the state during Argentina’s “Dirty War”—Paloma unleashes a chain of events that not only leads her to question her family and her identity, but also puts her life in danger.
In compelling fashion, On a Night of a Thousand Stars speaks to relationships, morality, and identity during a brutal period in Argentinian history, and the understanding—and redemption—people crave in the face of tragedy.
About the Author:
Andrea Yaryura Clark grew up in Argentina amid the political turmoil of the 1970s until her family relocated to North America. After graduating from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service—including a year of study at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires—and completing her MBA at York University (Toronto, Canada), she returned to Buenos Aires to reconnect with her roots. By the mid-1990s, many sons and daughters of the “Disappeared”—the youngest victims of Argentina’s military dictatorship in the 1970s—were coming of age and grappling with the fates of their families. She interviewed several of these children, and their experiences, not widely known outside Argentina, inspired her debut novel, ON A NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STARS. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two sons and a spirited terrier.
About the Moderator:
A former editor at ELLE and Vogue, Jennifer Scruby is the co-author of Growing Up Patton. Her work has been published in GQ, O—The Oprah Magazine, Lucky, More, Real Simple, ELLE Décor, the Financial Times and the Miami Herald, among others.