Buenos Aires Borken Hearts Club

The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club

by Jessica Morrison

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I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation. The book is The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club by Jessica Morrison.

A good book, I think, pulls a response out of you. There’s something very satisfying in crying over the fate of a fictional character — I cried 3 times reading Stephen King’s Dark Tower and not just because I had to pay for 7 books — I fall in love with characters in books all the time, sometimes I work up a good head of hate, usually I set the book down — or put it in the freezer — and get on with my day. Occasionally a book stays with me, and not necessarily because it’s the best book ever written, but because the writer has struck that chord. Everyone has a different chord, I think, which is why there are so many books on the shelf — you have to keep looking until you find the book that moves you. Sometimes books move you in ways you weren’t expecting, and that can be a really satisfying moment also. This is what happened when I finished Jessica Morrison’s Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club. The story is a good one, and Cassie is a fun character to help explore the city of Buenos Aires. The writing is charming and the plot takes some unexpected twists. And Jessica clearly adores her subject — Buenos Aires that is.  All in all, I really enjoyed this book. So why was I heartbroken when I set it down? It was the oddest thing — I was almost in tears. Why? Once I had a big glass of wine and washed my face, I tried to sort it out. And I realized I was jealous. Unlike 28-year old single gal Cassie, I am probably never going to drop everything, pack a bag, and have a thrilling adventure in a foreign country with a mysterious dashing stranger. Under even the tiniest bit of scrutiny, it’s clear that I have nothing to regret; far from it — I’ll be married to a fabulous man next year and I adore my friends and my home. Cassie went through a monumental crisis I wouldn’t wish on anyone in order to get her on her way. But I was so — what’s the opposite of homesick? Away sick? I got over it in short order — mostly. I still have my Italian phrasebook out just in case.

I guess the great big message here is don’t waste time, and don’t be afraid to get on the chicken bus.

The book is The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club by Jessica Morrison. I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club by Jessica Morrison.

28-year old Cassie seems to have it all, and she knows that because she has an obsessively laid out plan she’s been working on since high school. Every achievement, every goal, every plan, all there for her to rely on. So losing everything and impulsively getting on a plane to Buenos Aires? Not part of the plan. In The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club, Cassie gets a hard lesson in what’s important in life, and surprise — it doesn’t happen in the form of a checklist. Ms. Morrison’s deep love for the city of Buenos Aires shines through on each page, and her gentle mix of politics — both foreign and domestic — make this not only a charming and funny story but a insiders look at a city I never really thought about, until now. I defy you to read The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club and not want to get on the next plane south. It’s by Jessica Morrison. I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club by Jessica Morrison.

Ms. Morrison describes this book as flit lit — a combination of chick and travel writing, and I think she’s on to something. The story of how slightly obsessive Cassie &3151; queen of the list makers — has a shakeup in her life that changes everything, and how she winds up in Buenos Aires with no Spanish and no idea what she’s doing there is not only well told and also pretty funny, but a deeply felt love letter to the author’s favorite city. In The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club, Ms. Morrison finds room for romance, family drama, shopping, food, beer, art and politics — the perfect vacation. Jessica Morrison will be my guest this weekend to talk about her time in Buenos Aires and why she wrote this book. The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club, by Jessica Morrison. That’s Saturday at 6pm east and Sunday at 10am east on Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club by Jessica Morrison.

The next best thing to traveling is hearing stories about exotic places, and in this book, Ms. Morrison hits a nice balance between chick lit and travel writing — she calls it flit lit. Cassie has spent her life obsessing over her Plan — capital P. When her carefully constructed life falls apart, she impulsively buys a ticket, and there she is; in Buenos Aires, no Spanish and no idea what to do next. Without her plan, she finds herself living life, instead of checking it off a list. Jessica Morrison will be my guest this weekend to talk about how her time in Argentina led to her writing The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club and she’ll have some tips for female travelers. That’s at 6pm east on Saturday and again at 10am east on Sunday on Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


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