Memoir, Story & Travelogue

Santa Fe & Esmeralda

Santa Fe & Esmeralda

A Love Story

Santa Fe & Esmeralda is a memoir that explores the love story between a young Dutch musician and a gay Argentine aspiring dancer and musician amidst Argentina’s transition to democracy. Set in Buenos Aires’ vibrant art scene from 1987 to 1996, this memoir intertwines cultural exploration, personal growth, and historical context to celebrate the enduring power of human connection.

Through reflective chapters, the author takes readers on a transformative journey of self-discovery, resilience, and the pursuit of inner harmony. Amidst contrasting worlds, the friendship flourishes, defying cultural barriers. However, their path takes an unexpected turn when the friend contracts AIDS, and the protagonist becomes a caregiver and advocate, defying social stigma. Santa Fe & Esmeralda beautifully portrays the transformative power of human connection in the face of adversity, showcasing the enduring bond and boundless capacity of the human heart to love and heal despite immense challenges.



“Santa Fe & Esmeralda is a poignant and beautifully written memoir that navigates the intricate dance of love, friendship, and resilience between a Dutch musician and a gay Argentine dancer during Argentina’s tumultuous transition to democracy, capturing the essence of their enduring bond and the profound impact of their journey through a changing world.”​

— A Reader

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