Oct 062014


The Imaginary Life: A Novel by Mara Torres

File Size: 497 KB
Print Length: 169 pages
Publisher: Grupo Planeta (August 5, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

Meet Fortunata Fortuna, at a crossroads but ready to make her mark on the world

What goes through your head when the person you love leaves you? What do you do with your life when you have to start it all over again? Do you make it up? Nata’s world fills with unanswered questions when Beto leaves her. But time doesn’t stop, and the stories that Nata begins to tell herself about her own life lead her to a place where everything becomes possible again.

Original and contemporary, this debut novel, a finalist for the Planeta Prize, has the nerve center of a confessional and introduces readers to Fortunata Fortuna, a character the world won’t soon forget.


This book is about a tough subject, one that most of us can relate to. After a break up, we go through a lot of different emotions and have lots of different thoughts. The book is more about the emotions and thoughts Nata has than a driven storyline. That took me a while to get used to but once I did, I enjoyed the book. Although…at times I wanted to shake Nata and tell her to stop dwelling on it, and get on with her life.

The author adds a bit of deadpan humor and that definitely adds to the books appeal if you like that type of humor, which I do.

Overall this was an ok read. I would have liked more story and less of Nata’s thoughts. Not everyone will like or “get” this book, but at only 169 pages, it’s worth the time to read it and see what you think.


MaraTorres-300x225About Mara Torres
Mara Torres is a reporter and author. She earned a degree in journalism from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). Torres began her professional career in radio in the 1990s; a decade later, Hablar por hablar became a leading show on evening radio. In 2006 Torres moved to Spanish Television Information Services, where she is a host of news and entertainment shows. Among other awards, Torres has won the Golden Antenna and the Silver Microphone. She has published two nonfiction books. The Imaginary Life is her first novel and her first book in English.




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  7 Responses to “Review: The Imaginary Life by Mara Torres”

  1. Vicki, thanks for sharing your thoughts about this book. Fortunata Fortuna sounds like an interesting character–and I do like her name!

  2. thank you for your thoughts.

  3. I didn’t like this one. You’re so right that it’s not for everyone! I’m glad you could find some enjoyment in it.

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  5. Doesn’t sound like one for me, I think I’d just get annoyed with her.

  6. I do like deadpan humor, but I have a feeling Nata would drive me crazy!

  7. Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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