book cover of Paradise

Paradise

(1990)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
National Book Award-finalist: an "ingenious social satire" of the "arrogance, folly, injustice, and debauchery" among Spain's privileged class (The Atlantic).

Solita, a young daughter of refugees from Fancisco Franco's dictatorship in Spain, is whisked from the urban ghetto of Galmeda to El Topaz, the lush hacienda of a wealthy eccentric, which Solita's mother assures her will be paradise. But behind its beautiful facade, El Topaz is a quagmire of social subterfuge, from its politicking adults to its spiteful children, and Solita finds herself alone in a glittery world where "you couldn't trust anything. Or anybody. You had to navigate completely on your own."

Yet somehow, with only her sharp eye for separating truth from insincerity, Solita must weave her way through the social minefield of this supposed Spanish Shangri-La, searching for the happiness and harmony promised by her family's liberation. Nominated for the national Book Award, Elena Castedo's Paradise wickedly skewers the follies and falsehoods, conniving and cluelessness, of society's so-called elite.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Used availability for Elena Castedo's Paradise

Hardback Editions

August 1993 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: Paradise
Author(s): Elena Castedo
ISBN: 0-517-11025-3 / 978-0-517-11025-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
Availability: Amazon CA   


February 1990 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: Paradise
Author(s): Elena Castedo
ISBN: 1-55584-279-8 / 978-1-55584-279-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Pr
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

September 1995 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Paradise
Author(s): Elena Castedo
ISBN: 0-8021-3427-0 / 978-0-8021-3427-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


December 1991 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Paradise
Author(s): Elena Castedo
ISBN: 0-446-39345-2 / 978-0-446-39345-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grand Central Pub
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

December 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Paradise: A Novel
Author(s): Elena Castedo
Publisher: Grove Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA