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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Saberlee Books (June 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098158361X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981583617
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,254,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lisette Brodey was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia. After high school, she moved to New York City where she attended Pace University and studied drama. After 10 years in New York, several of them working in the radio industry, she moved to Los Angeles, where she held various positions at Paramount Studios in Hollywood and CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA. She returned to Philadelphia where she worked as a freelance writer, specializing in PR and the entertainment industry. Happily, she is now back in the Los Angeles area.

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Lisette Brodey was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After high school, she moved to New York City where she attended Pace University and studied drama. After ten years in New York, several of them working in the radio industry, she moved to Los Angeles, where she held various positions at Paramount Studios in Hollywood and CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA.

Back on the East Coast, she worked for many years as a freelance writer, specializing in PR and the entertainment industry. In 2010, she returned permanently to the Los Angeles area.

She is the author of four novels. Her first-published book, CROOKED MOON (General Fiction) was published in 2008. Her first-written, second-published book, SQUALOR, NEW MEXICO (Young Adult/General Fiction) was published in 2009. MOLLY HACKER IS TOO PICKY! (Women's Fiction), was published December 1, 2011. In October 2013, Lisette's fourth novel, MYSTICAL HIGH, book #1 in a YA paranormal trilogy, The Desert Series, was published.

In January 2013, the author edited and published a book of her mother's poetry (written 50 years earlier) called MY WAY TO ANYWHERE by Jean Lisette Brodey.

The author's office website is: www.lisettebrodey.com. In addition to information about her books, Lisette blogs, hosts guest bloggers, and interviews fellow authors on a weekly basis.

For the very latest, you can get join her Facebook Author page at: www.facebook.com/BrodeyAuthor

If you're on Twitter, you'll find her at www.twitter.com/lisettebrodey

She also has a profile at Goodreads.com.

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It's a book to be remembered long after it's read.
Ward Foley
This is a young adult book but it will appeal to readers of all ages in my opinion as it deals with a subject that everyone can relate to: family relationships.
Maria Savva
I found her characters to be well developed and very vivid.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Randy S on August 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful story about a girl growing up in a family that has a secret, and how this secret affects the lives of everyone in it. As this girl, Darla, moves into her teen years, she battles all the demons that go with it- bullies, hormones, boys, and her own curiosity and intellect. Having had two daughters (now in their 20's) go through this, I was amazed at how real and clear Ms. Brodey presented her young characters, right down to their thoughts and feelings while making choices, both good and bad. I also empathized very much with the fathers in the book, wanting so much to protect their children as they push the limits of family rules and moral behavior. It's a universal parental struggle to keep those boundaries set, and again, the author scores really high marks with this aspect of the story, as the parents deal with their own demons, both past and present. I thought this was going to be strictly a "chick" book, or one targeted for YA shelf, but I was totally wrong! While it certainly should be read by the "Agnes Thong" and "Traveling Pants" enthusiasts, this is one story that is far deeper and meaningful in examining ones values, and I highly recommend it for everyone! Lisette Brodey has that gift to be able to breathe life into her characters, and make you really care what happens to them. I'll be seeking out her other work, as well.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Talatha J. Allen on November 21, 2009
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After reading this fabulous book called " Squalor New Mexico," it made think so much about how many families do not understand the true meaning of trust and honesty. When people are afraid of secrets, they will tell lies to the end of time to keep them hidden.

The narrator of this book, Darla McKendrick, could never get a straight answer from her family about her mystery aunt who everyone was always whispering about. But Darla was smart and she had gifts kept her in search of the truth. She was born with a very inquisitive nature and she never stopped trying to get to the heart of the secret surrounding her Aunt Recbecca.

I really loved Darla's friendship with the elderly, Victoria, who Darla met in a nursing home. Victoria had nothing but love and wisdom flowing from her heart and was the one adult Darla could always trust to tell her the truth. The author not only captured the adult characters well, but showed the true essence of Darla's character-- from age nine through sixteen.

Squalor, New Mexico is a book about tragedy, dishonesty, lies and betrayal and growing up. While it is a Young Adult book, it is a great read for anyone of any age. This book will open up your eyes and show you life from the perspective of others and make you think.

I don't want to tell you too much about the book, but I can tell you that it was very powerful and made me reach down inside of my soul. The book has beautiful life lessons for children and adults alike.

Talatha J. Allen
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Wright Gres on October 16, 2009
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Know anyone living in squalor? At nine years old, was that word in your vocabulary? Ever wonder where Squalor might be? Let me tell you, Squalor is not in New Mexico, nor is the story set in the American southwest.

When I was very young and in school, (No, it was before high school, thank you)I was told we were to take an essay test. "Just write 'essay test' on the top of the page." I wrote "S.A.test" on top and as you can imagine, my teacher thought that was very funny. I was humiliated.

Similarly, imagine a 9-year-old girl, Darla, overhearing her mother and aunt discussing their mysterious, and seldom-mentioned Aunt Rebecca who lives in squalor. When cornered, Aunt Didi offers a flip answer. Squalor is, um, in New Mexico. Yeah, that's the ticket, New Mexico. That's very far away. Now go play little girl.

The above passage is not in quotation marks because it's my clumsy paraphrasing, but I hope you get the gist.

Lisette Brodey, in "Squalor, New Mexico," explores this misunderstanding and family mystery that through fear and embarrassment is allowed to fester. Told through the intelligent and perceptive eyes of Darla as she grows up, Brodey writes with amazing wit, clarity, and understanding.

I'm an action and adventure kind of guy, and young or old, male or female, I can't imagine a group this story won't appeal to.

Wright Gres, author of "Macedonia Passage: Dangerous Cargo"
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sheri A. Wilkinson on July 3, 2009
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Squalor New Mexico is a front to back 5 star read. Darla McKendrick is a child when she hears her mother and Aunt Didi talking about their sister Rebecca. Darla and her three cousins are curious about their estranged Aunt. Yet when questioning their parents they never seem to get the answers they desire, leaving the topic of Rebecca a mystery.

As Darla matures she seeks more answers on her mysterious Aunt, who seems to profoundly affect her entire family. As truths are revealed, more secrets await in an emotional, thought provoking story of love, family and secrets.

Ms. Brodey brings life to her characters, pulling you into their minds, body and soul. Leaving no questions unanswered, Squalor New Mexico does prove that Families are as strong as the truths they hold and as weak as the secrets they keep.

I Highly recommend Squalor New Mexico & Crooked Moon. Lisette Brodey is definatley an Author to follow. I anticipate more Great Reads from this upcoming author.
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