“Extraordinary. Cracking open Béa Gonzalez’s The Bitter Taste of Time is like plunging head first into a Goya painting.”

----The Globe and Mail


“Gonzalez's ability to create a strong sense of place and develop fascinating characters makes this book a gem.” 

----Edmonton Journal

“Sumptuous . . . Perfection lies in the details. With its top-flight storytelling and delicious prose, The Bitter Taste of Time leaves the sweet savour of a splendid piece of literature”

----The Vancouver Sun


“Enchanting . . . with all the scope and majesty of the operatic productions that inspired her, Gonzalez's tale of love, longing, and loss is a sweeping, romantic adventure.”  

--- Booklist 


In The Mapmaker’s Opera, Béa Gonzalez has created a world bursting at the seams with images and ideas, social history, revolutionary fervour, all informed by an overwhelming passion for preservation. This is a wonderfully vibrant tapestry, enveloping the reader with its richnes...

---Quill & Quire


Describing a novel such as The Mapmaker's Opera is as difficult as trying to capture the essence of a rainbow on film.

--Books in Canada