Thursday, January 14, 2010

Gringa in a Strange Land by Linda Dahl

Gringa in a Strange Land by Linda Dahl
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Robert Reed Publishers; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934759392
ISBN-13: 978-1934759394
Rating: 2/5

Synopsis: Gringa in a Strange Land brings back the 'counterculture' of the early 70's, an exhilarating and confusing time for so many young people then. Erica Mason, an American woman living in Mexico, is torn between working to become an artist and the lure of the drug culture. Set mostly in the colonial city of Merida in the Yucatan peninsula, the story then moves among Mayan ruins, laid-back beaches and the cities of Belize and Oaxaca. A host of bohemian expats and Mexicans, and the complex character of Mexico itself, infuse this portrait-of-the-artist-as-a-young-American, that culminates in an unexpected resolution.

Review: Sadly this was just not a book for me. It didn't have enough action in it for me and was basically centered around a woman, Erica, who has sex with multiple men and stays high while struggling to be an artist in a foreign land.

On the plus side I did enjoy the way Linda captured the essence of Mexico and its inhabitants and she puts great detail on her characters and settings.

Review Copy Provided by Author



Emma Michaels said...

Thank you for posting this. Doesn't seem like my type of book either but still a great review!


Ann Elle Altman said...

I was hopeful because, as of right now, I'm a gringa in a strange land. But, I hear enough of the drug culture and don't see it. I wish someone could write something more interesting other than that.


Sharon said...

From what you say there, this doesn't sound like my cup of tea! Thanks!