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Sweetwater American [Kindle Edition]

Eileen Cruz Coleman
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Book Description

Set in Washington, D.C. and El Salvador, SWEETWATER AMERICAN is the story of an orphan and would-be filmmaker who is sent to live in a cursed town in El Salvador with her godmother, a woman whom she has never met and who may hold the secret to breaking the town's curse.

While living in El Salvador, after a film crew comes to her town to film a movie, twenty-two-year-old Sandy realizes she wants to be a documentary filmmaker. When she returns to the States, she attends George Washington University where she meets Elena, a sixty-something-year-old woman who serves peas and mashed potatoes in one of the school's cafeterias.

She also meets Professor Smith, with whom she slowly begins to fall in love. But, Sandy's past still haunts her, preventing her from surrendering her heart to the man she loves. Sandy, intrigued by Elena, decides to ask her if she would be willing to share her life story with her. Elena agrees to tell Sandy her story.

During the interview, Sandy is forced to come to terms with her own past and she begins to understand what the term, Sweetwater American, really means.

Editorial Reviews


"A beautifully written story about immigrants and their families that will touch all your emotions."--Amazon Reviewer
"A haunting tale of betrayal, love, and loss." --Amazon Reviewer
"Sweetwater American is a book you will cherish and one which, once read, will likely remain in your memory for a lifetime." --Amazon Reviewer

From the Author

Sweetwater American is a story that is filled with tears, hardships, love and the desperate determination to survive. Sweetwater American is my heart. It's an honest novel and by that I mean that it wasn't easy for me to write. I had to dig really deep within myself; I had to let go of all inhibitions. In essence, it's the novel that set me free. I wrote my heart out and put it all out there. It's a story that I had to tell, that I felt needed to be heard.

Product Details

  • File Size: 607 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Eileen Cruz Coleman (February 3, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037263PO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,838 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average story March 14, 2010
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Wow, this is a story that sucks you in from word one. A haunting tale of betrayal, love, and loss. The writer pulled me right into this strange world and didn't let me go. You won't be sorry to read this one. Very reminiscent of early Isabel Allende. Great story! Great unkown find!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put this book down September 4, 2011
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A beautifully written story about immigrants and their families that will touch all your emotions. The story centers on Sandy, a would be filmmaker and her life in Washington, DC and her life in El Salvador after the death of her parents. It also covers her family and friends and their stories. Complex but very readable and I honestly could not put this book down. It will leave you thinking...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent September 7, 2011
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An excellent book ---- as other reviewers have said, the story is poignant, haunting and lingers long after the final page is turned. I'll look forward to other works by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I rate this book 4 1/2 out of 5 stars only because I found it a little difficult to keep up with who was talking at times throughout the story. Other than that, this book elicited an emotional response which took me from heartbreak to elation in seemingly endless cycles. Sweetwater American is a book you will cherish and one which, once read, will likely remain in your memory for a lifetime. Joyously recommended!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story, but time jumps detract. November 20, 2011
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I enjoyed the story very much, and though I don't object to timeline jumps, the very erractic timeline detracts from the story to the point of confusing the reader. The author herself seems to become confused and loses continuity: The preteen and early teen years are covered in detail. But when the story later returns to the same time period, there is suddenly a best girlfriend who, we are told, the main character is with constantly. Yet this friend was not even hinted at earlier, and the prior revelations of this time in her life were very detailed and lengthy. Some events are so very predictable and, dare I say, uninspired. But overall, if you can get past the ragged timeline, it is a wonderful and touching story and well told in many ways.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done, author December 7, 2012
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In reading Sweetwater American I felt transported to two very different worlds that shared a common bond of poverty and hardship: one of immigrants making their way in Washington D.C; the other of locals struggling to survive in their country of El Salvador. Author Eileen Cruz Coleman does a terrific job of weaving the story of novice film maker Sandy and her prime subject Elena, their lives seemingly different until they gradually become more and intertwined. Add to that a number of sub-stories within the main story, all of which make an overall plot so riveting I couldn't stop reading until I finished this remarkable novel.
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As someone who lives in the D.C. area and went to George Washington University, where many of the characters work or go to school, I was fascinated by Sweetwater American and the way that it so beautifully described the lives and surroundings of recent Latino immigrants to the United States. Sandy, the main character, and I occupied the same space and I loved getting inside of her head and seeing how she experienced the world in such a different way than I did.

I'm a fan of Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez and very much enjoy magical realism and saw lots of strands of it throughout the book- mainly in the sections where the main character, Sandy, describes the time she spent in El Salvador during her childhood.

At it's heart, I think this is a book about the joys and struggles that immigrants face in the U.S. and the wonderful ways in which our American culture is truly a melting pot. It's a quick read so download and enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and moving October 13, 2011
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My expectations for free Kindle books are rather low, but this was an excellent read regardless of expectations! The story is complex, jumping between current-day moments and prior memories of Sandy, and the characters are subtle; if you skim too quickly you can miss interesting twists and turns. I ended up reading the book in just a few days - the writing and character development were enough to keep me very interested, even though the book itself is more of a documentary than action story. My usual litmus test for a free book is whether I would have paid for the book - and in this case, a definite yes! My only reason for giving four stars is that some readers expecting an action-based thriller novel may find the pace (especially initially) to be a bit slow.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book, but could be excellent with some editing.
I would have given the book 5 stars, except that it really needed some editing to clean up both the text errors and the story line. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MJ
3.0 out of 5 stars Tough reading, definitely not for pleasure
This story is 'told by the author' rather than experienced by the reader. It's an eye-opener to the lifestyle of immigrants who follow ancient cultures and beliefs even while in... Read more
Published 18 months ago by LLona Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
I had no idea what this book was about when I started it. I will read just about any genre of books and usually enjoy them all. This is one that I did really enjoy. Read more
Published on April 15, 2013 by Mayhemmama
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Well written and touching story of all that a young immigrant woman from El Salvador experiences on her journey to make sense of her life and to find something to live for.
Published on March 22, 2013 by Melody Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars love
I found this to be a really good book to read. I love to read and I would buy it again.
Published on February 18, 2013 by Cheryl Mcendree
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for Middle School Spanish Class
I chose this book because of my childhood in Costa Rica and my sister's life now in El Salvador...I was not disappointed! Mrs. Read more
Published on February 16, 2013 by Dana S Talkington
3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating story
This book provides a glimpse into the lives of Latinos, the struggles they endure, and misfortunes that trap them. Then there are some lucky ones. Read more
Published on February 14, 2013 by theweed
3.0 out of 5 stars tribulations
The book is okay. What you think of it depends on what you like to read and that has something to do with personality. Read more
Published on January 23, 2013 by S. Blantin
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't bother to read it.
It didn't hold my attention enough to even finish it. This sometimes happens when you try a new author. Sorry.
Published on January 19, 2013 by gizzy
3.0 out of 5 stars confusing
This is not a bad book, but I never really understood the purpose for it being written. Certainly nothing profound here. Read more
Published on January 16, 2013 by Ruth Ann Killion
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More About the Author

Eileen Cruz Coleman was born in Washington, D.C. to an immigrant El Salvadoran mother and a Puerto Rican father. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in History. Her short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals both online and in print. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.

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