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Gringo Love

Stories of Sex Tourism in Brazil

by (author) Marie-Eve Carrier-Moisan

illustrated by Debora Santos

adapted by William Flynn

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2020
General, Hispanic American Studies, Gender Studies
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In the city of Natal in northeastern Brazil, several local women negotiate the terms of their intimate relationships with foreign tourists, or gringos, in a situation often referred to as "sex tourism." These women have different experiences, but they share a similar desire to "escape" the social conditions of their lives in Brazil.


Based on original ethnographic research and presented in graphic form, Gringo Love explores the hopes, dreams, and realities of these women against a backdrop of deep social inequality and increasing state surveillance leading up to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. It touches on important contemporary issues, including sexual economics, transnational mobility, romantic imaginaries, gender representation, race and inequality, and visual methods.


The graphic story is accompanied by analysis and contextual discussion, which encourage readers to engage with the narrative and expand their understanding of the broader social issues therein.

About the authors

Marie-Eve Carrier-Moisan is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University.

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Débora Santos is a freelance illustrator based in Brazil.

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William Flynn is an instructor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University.

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Editorial Reviews

"This graphic novel is a much needed addition to libraries. There are a lot of books out there that vilify people in this industry, and it is important for people to view this subject from another point of view."

2020 VLA Graphic Novel Diversity Award Committee