In a mean era for the tango — in the days of papal condemnation, of Queen Mary’s censure — De Robertis sets her potboiler of a novel,
Marie is an author of both nonfiction and fiction, senior advisor to the U.S. Librarian of Congress, director of the National Book Festival, and a Writer at Large for the Washington Post. For many years, she was editor-in-chief of the Washington Post's literary section, Book World. She has also written for the New York Times, the National Geographic, the International Herald Tribune, Spain's El País, and Peru's El Comercio, among many other publications. Her biography of Simón Bolívar won the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize; her memoir, "American Chica," was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has also written two acclaimed novels, "Cellophane" and "Lima Nights."