Tina Vieira was born in Luanda, Angola, and was still a child when her family moved to Rio de Janeiro, where she later on studied Journalism and Psychology. She worked for several media outlets, such as O Globo newspaper, TV Globo and the magazine “Veja Rio”.
She currently lives in Galicia, Spain, where she completed a Doctorate in Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Vigo. She works with Education and spends her days between Portugal and Spain. MABOQUE was her first foray into literature and was a finalist to the 2021 Jabuti Award.
THE CHILDREN WE NEVER HAD (OS FILHOS QUE NUNCA TIVEMOS)
Isabel witnesses her husband’s mental decrepitude while attempting to put together her and his memories. Silvia struggles between her desire to be a mother and the hardships of raising an autistic child. At the intersection of these two women’s lives, there is Janaina, who tries to mend a mistake that perhaps can no longer be fixed.
A narrative that travels back and forth in time and seeks answers in the past for the complicated existence of the present. Characters who are confronted with the worst that could have happened to them.
Publication/Status: To be published by Faria e Silva (Brazil) in 2024.
(Maboque, also known as Natal orange, is a fruit that grows from Strychnos spinosa, a native tree from tropical and subtropical Africa. It is yellow and sweet-sour, and it has numerous hard brown seeds.) After burying her father, Leonor finds a diary that leads her to uncover a mysterious past lived in the streets of Angola, Portugal and Brazil. At the intersection of three countries, lies part of the explanation behind her roots and behind her father’s unruly behavior. The character dives deep into that narrative in search of her own identity, which passes through the bittersweet taste of maboque. A quest that can lead her to forgiveness and a new life.
Tina Vieira’s debut novel, MABOQUE was a finalist for the 2021 Jabuti Award.
Publication/Status: Published by Quelônio (Brazil) in 2020. [168 pages]