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Squalor, New Mexico Paperback – June 11, 2009
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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.
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"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I felt like I was reading my own diary! Brought me back to my teenage years. The ending was quite a surprise! Good reading ☆☆☆☆☆Published 3 months ago by goofy
This is a gripping story about love, family, lies and healing. It’s really interesting and I think I’ve learnt a lot. I highly recommend it.Published 7 months ago by Rosario Lopez
This is a wonderful family drama that is filled with love, hurt, humor and healing. The truth that allows healing is a painful lesson: we are only as sick as our secrets. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Reader of the Pack
I enjoyed this book very much lots of twists and turns kept me glued to the reading. Believable characters who I got to know well. Fast easy read. Highly recommendPublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Squalor, New Mexico is a story that will have many of us women thinking back to those ugly embarrassing moments of our teen years to relieving moments when you were five minutes... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this book because I thought It was set in NM, and since I'm from NM I thought it would be interesting. It has NOTHING to do with NM; not even set in NM. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Janet M
The biggest thing that bothered me throughout was what era did this take place. The reason it was important to me was because of the language/phrases. Read morePublished 12 months ago by shopzilla
In my opinion, this is a book for teenagers, and it may be rated as such. I found the characters believable, but I thought the story went on a little too long. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kay Abell
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