Since her arrival in the U.S. from Venezuela, Valentina Goldman isn’t exactly living the American Dream. She’s living the American Nightmare. Her late husband, Max, has left her a young widow, an angry ex-wife who’s keeping the secret of Max’s untimely departure, plus an American stepdaughter Valentina can’t figure out. And oh, after giving up her dream job in New York, Valentina is now unemployed in Arizona.
As her story unravels, Valentina’s double-edged wit exposes both the ridiculous soap-opera-ish aspects of contemporary Venezuela and the many confounding features of life in America. Quirky and eccentric, Valentina Goldman’s Immaculate Confusion is an enchanting entrée into the world of the immigrant experience. Told in sidesplitting vignettes that hit the heart, Valentina’s is a moving story about what happens when a passionate South American woman moves to the U.S. and like so many of us, ends up with a life she never imagined.