Ines Rodrigues

Ines Rodrigues

Days of Bossa Nova

Read interviews with Ines about the book by The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College and on the Scarsdale Daily Voice and

Felipe Navarra is seven years old in 1941, when he moves from the countryside of Brazil to the fascinating city of São Paulo with a widowed and penniless mother and five siblings. They settle in a working class neighborhood, in a small house where a radio was left in the kitchen.

Every day, the voices of bolero singers mixed with the smell of their meager rice and beans. Felipe dreams to escape poverty and conquer the city he has learned how to love as a man loves a woman, but the city is a greedy lover, allowing him to become rich and famous at a high price.

He finds love at a young age in the arms of Valentina, a middle class girl who grows up to become a liberated woman, too advanced for his suburban mind. They break up, Felipe marries the sweet and dull Emilia, and embarks on his quest to be a radio presenter in the fascinating age of Bossa Nova and radionovelas.

Days of Bossa Nova is a gripping first novel where the city of São Paulo, the largest in South America, plays an important part. Felipe’s ascent in his career is an inverted parallel with the city’s fall into a decadent, crime-ridden place, where the gap between rich and poor gets dangerously wide.

Published in May 2017 by Black Opal Books.

The cover of DOBN was created by the Brazilian artist Fernando Naviskas:

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Article in Scarsdale Inquirer. The two-page article about “Days of Bossa Nova”  was the cover of the Arts and Entertainment section.

Speaking at the first book signing party on June 3rd, 2017, in Scarsdale NY. Ines was introduced by the journalist and writer Preeti Singh.

Signing book party at the Scarsdale Library, NY.

Book signing at Sarah Lawrence College on June 14th, 2017 (Bronxville, NY).

With fellow author and teaching partner Eileen Palma at the book signing at Sarah Lawrence College (NY)

“Days of Bossa Nova” goes to São Paulo, Brazil, the city that inspired the story.

In Brazil, with the artist Fernando Naviskas, who created the cover for “Days of Bossa Nova”

Book signing in São Paulo, Brazil

“Days of Bossa Nova” in a bookshop in Trancoso, Brazil

Ines has been speaking at book clubs in NY and NJ (August, September and October/2017)

More book club readings

Reading at the Scarsdale Salon (NY/October, 2017)

At the Sunday Salon in New York City (October/2017)

4/28/2018: Reading and speaking at the Bronxville Public Library (Bronxville, NY)

Read an article about Ines and the Bronxville event here.