Overwhelmed with the pain of a failed fifteen-year relationship, Camille Cusumano wanted badly to escape her life and heal her emotional wounds. After a violent encounter with her ex’s new girlfriend, Camille decided she had some serious soul-searching to do. She took off for Buenos Aires intending to stay a few short weeks, but when her search for inner peace met with her true passion of tango, she realized she’d need to stay in Argentina indefinitely.
Tango is a memoir of falling in love with a country through the dance that embodies intensity, freedom, and passion—all pivotal to Camille’s own process of self-discovery. From the charm of local barrios to savory empanadas, Camille whole-heartedly embraces the ardent culture of Argentina, and soon a month-long escape turns into a year-long personal odyssey. Slowly letting go of her anger through a blend of tango, Zen, and a burgeoning group of friends, Camille discovers that her fierceness and patience can exist in harmony as she learns how to survive in style when love falls apart.
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About Camille Cusumano
Camille Cusumano was a staff editor at VIA Magazine in San Francisco for seventeen years, until August 2005, when she became a freelancer. She will continue to work for VIA, a bimonthly magazine that reaches 3.1 million households in Northern California, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, and southern Idaho, when she returns to the United States from Argentina.
Camille’s short story Plot Theory, was published in the 2006 summer issue of the North American Review and won third place in the Kurt Vonnegut fiction contest. She has written on food and travel for many publications, including Islands, Country Living, the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. She’s also authored several cookbooks, including The New Foods (Henry Holt), America Loves Salads (for Literary Guild), and Rodale’s Basic Natural Foods Cookbook; one novel, The Last Cannoli (Legas); and she’s the editor of the Love Story anthologies, which include France, A Love Story, Italy; A Love Story; Mexico, A Love Story, and Greece, A Love Story, all published by Seal Press.