About Madrid Again
"A Spanish American professor uncovers her rich family history in Maura's novel… the novel shines when Lola narrates her own life… A compelling and poignant journey of self-discovery that spans continents and generations." –Kirkus Reviews
"What a story! So well written! Once I started reading Madrid Again, I couldn't put it down! The Spanish Civil War and its legacy—how many lives changed or ruined or transformed forever." —Ramón Sender Barayón, author of Death in Zamora
Soledad Maura has woven a magical, cross-cultural, transnational tapestry that will prove vital in these times when global migration is both so poignant yet controversial. Maura's fiction reads at a much faster pace than in her biographies, perfect for this book and genre. Still, she is able to transport the skill she uses in creating such a sense of intimacy in her non-fiction work to her novel. It may be very cliché to say that I felt I was walking the streets of Madrid with her—briskly--but I kept feeling that incredible sensation, again and again.
--Mark Eisner, Neruda: The Biography of a Poet
The tempo of Madrid Again carries you effortlessly from beginning to end.
The story is fascinating…and has all the unmistakable ingredients of exile.
The writing is strong and bold and often thankfully tender."
--Gloria García Lorca, Artist and Poet
Madrid Again is a powerful account of a Spanish-American family, its upheavals and the impact history has upon it. Crisscrossing the Atlantic, Soledad Maura's novel skillfully explores what it means to be caught between two cultures and two languages. She conjures up a vivid picture of both post-war Spain and small-town America and in the process evokes the dilemmas, insecurities and wonders of a bi-cultural existence. Madrid Again shows the inexorable link between a family's history and its present and how difficult it can be to escape the shadow of the past.
--Guy Hedgecoe, Spain correspondent for the BBC and author of Freezing Franco: the Battle for Spain's Memory
Soledad Maura has written a book for our times, an age of multinational wanderers, exiles and refugees, of people living in two countries, two cultures and two languages. Here, through the fragile voice of her bi-national narrator, Maura poignantly reveals how only by unveiling the hidden past of her family can she finally resolve the disturbing contradictions of her own identity.
--Alan Riding, And The Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris
Madrid Again is a subtle, shimmering novel about searching—for identity, for secrets, and ultimately for home. Like the author herself, and her main character, the book is as American as it is Spanish. An immigrant story about finding belonging between two cultures, and a postwar story about communing with the ghosts of history.
--Aaron Shulman, The Age of Disenchantments: The Epic Story of Spain's Most Notorious Literary Family and the Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War
What does it meanto belong (but not entirely) to two completely different countries and cultures? In her debut novel, Soledad Fox Maura creates an indelible portrait of exile, longing, identity, and of one woman's search for meaning amid the scraps and fables of the past. Madrid Again is a knockout--spare, lyrical, sexy, and haunting.
--Peter Smith, A Good Family
From small town Massachusetts to metropolitan Madrid Soledad Maura essays the power of objects and the shadowland of memory to create a powerful narrative of both hope and resignation. Our fragile feelings are reconnected in this brave and deeply moving transatlantic odyssey in search of identity and the solace of a healing heart."
--Gijs van Hensbergen, Author of Gaudí, Guernica, and La Sagrada Familia: Gaudí's Heaven on Earth
Soledad Fox Maura is a Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Williams College. She has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and an MPhil and PhD in Comparative Literature from the City University of New York. She is a former Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, and has published three books (two biographies) and many articles on Spanish and French literature, culture and history. Her research interests include memoir, biography, the Spanish Civil War, exile, and Spanish-American relations.
Please check out her debut novel (November 17, 2020), Madrid Again: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Madrid-Again/Soledad-Maura/9781951627126. She is on Goodreads and IG as Soledad Maura.