Brazil’s YA Phenomenon: Author Luisa Geisler

Luisa Geisler was selected by both Granta and Machado magazines as a top author

To her teachers, Luisa Geisler is just a college kid studying Social Science and International Affairs in her home state of Rio Grande do Sul. To the Brazilian literary critics, she’s recognized as one of the country’s hottest prospects in the book industry.

No wonder. At just 21 years old, Geisler is already a back-to-back winner of the prestigious SESC Prize for Literature — first in the short story category in 2011, then in the novel category in 2012. Now she has been selected by Granta magazine as one of the 20 Best Young Brazilian novelists — the youngest of them all.

An inveterate multi-tasker, as she defines herself, Luisa also has an undergraduate research scholarship in Economics and studies German, Italian and Spanish on her own. This restlessness colors her flaming pop-teen prose, be it in Contos de mentira, short stories about the lies we tell each other, or in Quiçá (Perhaps), about the relativity of things.

This novel has been hailed by critic Noemi Jaffe as a “narrative which goes from fragments to linearity, in a temporal mosaic which questions the consumerist society, the hypocrisy of family relationships and the moralist survival of bygone values.”

This 21-year-old author is Brazil’s answer to Meg Cabot

It might sound difficult, but it’s not. Geisler’s writing is a hit with young adult readers — so much so that Brazil’s leading teen magazine, Capricho, has even profiled her on the magazine’s closing page. It’s an honor once bestowed on none other than American author Meg Cabot, in whose footsteps Geisler is likely to follow.

Luisa Geisler’s books are published in Brazil by Editora Record.

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