The Moment of Truth by Damian McNicholl

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Read The Moment of Truth Online Free - Texan art student Kathleen Boyd has been dreaming about becoming a matador since her beloved father took her to the bullfighting ring when she was just a child. Now a young woman, her disapproving fiancé and her practical-minded mother see her dream only as a foolish flight of fancy. Nevertheless, Kathleen relocates to Mexico and finds herself under the instruction of Fermin, a retired matador who is intent on asserting his dominance in their partnership. Though taking on a female apprentice is unheard of, Fermin sees Kathleen’s undeniable talent and promises that she’ll one day perform at the prestigious Plaza Mexico bullring.

While Kathleen struggles to perform alongside the unwelcoming men of Mexico’s bullfighting scene, she is befriended by Julio, better known as El Cabrito—The Kid. Much to Fermin’s displeasure, not only does Julio show Kathleen techniques that defy his strict instruction, but a forbidden romance quickly ignites between them.

As time passes, Kathleen’s confidence in her ability increases—though so too do her suspicions of Fermin’s intentions. She has become a sensation, selling out arenas as La Diosa Tejana, the Texan Goddess. But while Fermin gets rich, Kathleen’s pay remains pitiful and her instructor’s control over her life remains absolute. Will she always be a vehicle for another person’s success? Or will she finally face her own moment of truth and seize the success that she has worked toward for so long, in a world that has always belonged to men?

Title : The Moment of Truth
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ISBN : 1681774267
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 pages


Leslie rated it ★★★★★

May 24, 2017

Inspired by the life of the real first American female matador Patricia McCormick, THE MOMENT TRUTH is a graceful historical fiction brimming with detail. After a trip to a Mexican bullfight with her father, Kathleen Boyd is mesmerized with the art of bullfighting. She spends her childhood practi...

Terin rated it ★★★★☆

June 05, 2017

Damian McNicholl's "The Moment of Truth" shows an empathy for not only the challenges, successes and difficulties of its main character--a young Texas woman determined since childhood to become a bullfighter--but for all people enamored of aspects of another culture that struggle not only to be a...

Millie rated it ★★★★★

September 19, 2017

A Moment of Truth by Damian Mcnicholl is about Kathleen Boyd, a young American art student going to school in Texas in the 1950's. Kathleen has loved bull fighting since the very first time her Father took her to a fight when she was a child. All Kathleen wants it to fight bulls and become a Mata...

Calvin rated it ★★★★★

August 16, 2017

No bullfighting experience (or interest) necessary to enjoy this captivating first-person 1950s historical drama of Kathleen, a Texan whose talent as a torera--no! torero, insists fellow bullfighting women--takes her to Mexico in an age when women had to fight more than one adversary. The story d...

Kristine rated it ★★★★☆

May 29, 2017

The Moment of Truth by Damian McNicholl is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late May. Oof, lots of sexist and ethic stereotypes in this book that take place during the 1950s in borderlands Texas and Mexico; yet the overall story of Kathleen, being sponsored as a torero, becoming the Diosa Tej...

Sarah rated it ★★★★☆

February 04, 2017

Kathleen Boyd has dreamed of being a matador since she was a child. Against her mother's wishes she quits Art School and begins to train, in 1950s Mexico, under the watchful eye of Fermin, a brash and arrogant former matador. The novel follows her progress and relationships both in and out of the...

nikkia rated it ★★★★★

February 03, 2017

Thanks Pegasus Books and netgalley for this ARC. Blew my socks off! Bull fighting in Mexico in the 50's took guts and nerves of steel, and more courage than most men could claim. A coming of age novel more visual and real than any I've read before.

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