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The Second Time We Met

Leila Cobo, critically acclaimed author of Tell Me Something True, is back with her newly released novel The Second Time We Met.

The Second Time We Met

The Second Time We Met

A Novel

Author: Leila Cobo

384 pp. Grand Central Publishing

In the novel we see Asher Stone, adored and nurtured by his adoptive parents in California, moving effortlessly through a nearly perfect life. He is on the verge of a professional soccer career when a car accident throws his future into doubt. Asher begins to wonder about his past, and about the girl who gave him up for adoption in Colombia two decades ago.

From the teeming streets of Bogota to a tiny orphanage tucked into a hillside, Asher untangles the mystery of Rita’s identity, her abrupt disappearance from her home, and the winding journey that followed. But as Asher comes closer to finding Rita, his own parents are faced with fears and doubts. Rita must soon make her own momentous choice: stay hidden in her hard-earned new life, or meet the secret son who will bring painful memories-or the promise of a new beginning.

Author Cobo is a native of Cali, Colombia, and is the Executive Director of Latin Content & Programming for Billboard and a frequent contributor to NPR. Leila is a Fulbright Scholar with a master’s degree from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California and also holds dual degrees in journalism, from Bogota’s Universidad Javeriana, and in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music. She lives in Key Biscayne, Fl. with her husband and children.