"Gisele Firmino's debut novel is an exquisite, intimate epic about family, injustice and resistance, set during one of the darkest chapters of Latin America's history. With precise prose, heartfelt observations and unforgettable characters and scenes, she transports us to a time and place we need to see and know."

- Héctor Tobar, author of Deep Down Dark and The Barbarian Nurseries.


"Part dream-novel, part political thriller, and entirely engrossing, The Marble Army marks the debut of a truly gifted young writer. Gisele Firmino depicts the 1964 Brazilian coup and its terrible aftermath with remarkable clarity and sympathy. Hers is a rare and enviable talent."    

- Pinckney Benedict, author of Dogs of God and Miracle Boy and Other Stories


"Gisele Firmino’s gorgeous debut novel The Marble Army is a fierce lyrical tribute to the families that lived through the 1964 Brazilian coup d'état and its painful aftermath. Both a stark and unwavering look into the way violence, fear, and silence poisons a culture, and a delicate homage to the way life, despite it all, somehow finds a way to flourish, The Marble Army is a true novel of witness. Ultimately,
this stunning first book is a powerful love song to those that believe hope cannot be stamped out."

- Ada Limón, author of Bright Dead Things, Sharks in the Rivers, This Big Fake World and Lucky Wreck

"It’s hard to imagine that anyone could distill the experience of ordinary Brazilian people through three decades of brutal military dictatorship into a single novel. But in "The Marble Army" Gisele Firmino does so, cleaving to the plight of Luca and his family as they navigate these tragic and momentous years. She brings to life intimately and lyrically what it can be too easy to forget: that history happens to real people, and that what is lost under such oppression—the voice and life of a generation—can be irrevocable. This is a masterful debut, multi-faceted, expertly assured, and beautifully written."

- Naeem Murr, author of The Perfect Man and Nude