Melissa Rivero in Conversation with Vanessa Lillie

Event date: 
Tuesday, February 20, 2024 - 7:00pm

Please join us for Melissa Rivero in conversation with Vanessa Lillie for Flores and Miss Paula

On Tuesday, February 20th at 7 PM

A wry, tender novel about a Peruvian immigrant mother and a millennial daughter who have one final chance to find common ground

Thirtysomething Flores and her mother, Paula, still live in the same Brooklyn apartment, but that may be the only thing they have in common. It’s been nearly three years since they lost beloved husband and father Martín, who had always been the bridge between them. One day, cleaning beneath his urn, Flores discovers a note written in her mother’s handwriting: Perdóname si te falle. Recuerda que siempre te quise. (“Forgive me if I failed you. Remember that I always loved you.”) But what would Paula need forgiveness for?

Now newfound doubts and old memories come flooding in, complicating each woman’s efforts to carve out a good life for herself—and to support the other in the same. Paula thinks Flores should spend her evenings meeting a future husband, not crunching numbers for a floundering aquarium startup. Flores wishes Paula would ask for a raise at her DollaBills retail job, or at least find a best friend who isn’t a married man.

When Flores and Paula learn they will be forced to move, they must finally confront their complicated past—and decide whether they share the same dreams for the future. Spirited and warm-hearted, Melissa Rivero’s new novel showcases the complexities of the mother-daughter bond with fresh insight and empathy.


Melissa Rivero is the author of The Affairs of the Falcóns, which won the 2019 New American Voices Award and a 2020 International Latino Book Award. The book was also long-listed for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel, the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. Born in Lima, Peru, and raised in Brooklyn, she is a graduate of NYU and Brooklyn Law School. She still lives in Brooklyn with her family.


Vanessa Lillie is the USA Today bestselling author of Blood Sisters, which was a Target Book Club pick and GMA Book Club Buzz Pick, as well as a best mystery of the year from the Washington Post and Reader’s Digest. Her other bestselling thrillers are Little VoicesFor the Best, and she’s the creator and coauthor of theYoung Rich Widows series set in Providence, RI where she lives. Originally from Miami, Oklahoma, she is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

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Flores and Miss Paula: A Novel By Melissa Rivero Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063272491
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - December 5th, 2023

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The Washington Post * Today * Sunset Magazine * Country Living * Good Housekeeping 

A wry, tender novel about a Peruvian immigrant mother and a millennial daughter who have one final chance to find common ground

Age Group(s): 
Adult (19 - Boomer)