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The novel works because Valdes-Rodriguez has compassion for her characters; each is faulted, but none is culpable. She also has an eye for the telling detail, as when Rebecca tries to befriend her white husband's stuffy family: "His sister took step classes with me and we shopped for clothes together on Newbury Street and went to the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum one afternoon with Au Bon Pain sandwiches in our handbags." Something about those sandwiches makes the whole enterprise seem more poignant. On the down side, Valdes-Rodriguez is so eager to make things work out for her ladies, her writing sometimes beggars belief. Men actually say things like "Swear to me you're happily married, and I'll stop pursuing you." Yes, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is, in fact, the Latina Terry McMillan. That is, if McMillan were a slighty guiltier pleasure. --Claire Dederer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It is very much a character story and those are the kinds of books that I enjoy most.
I just had a hard time believing Elizabeth woke up one morning and said "Hmm, I'm feeling a little lesbianish today. Now, what should I wear to church?"
Far from a beach read, this book explores the lives of six very different women all bonded by their common Latina identity.
I found it had too many characters and I couldn't relate with any one of them in particular. Too hard to keep track of everything. Read morePublished 5 months ago by laprofe1
It's not very good- too much like a Hispanic Real Housewives plot where everyone is mythically successful from this group of college friends - all Hispanic, let's not hang out with... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jennifer Allyn
I originally read the book a few years ago in college but didn't truly appreciate it until now. I walked away this time with a deeper appreciation and love for my friends. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Veronica L Rojas
What a great book! I was instantly sucked in to each character and can't wait to see what happens next.
Wouldn't it make a great movie???
Someone recommended this book to me after I explained all the cultural pressures that I thought were just my family's. I can totally relatePublished 15 months ago by Megan riveros
Loved the fact that the story and characters were so relatable. Must read for any latina woman. Can't wait for the reality show and movie.Published 16 months ago by Dutchess
Alisa's writing is superior because she manages to talk about these women, their stories, their power, and their search for identity. Read morePublished 16 months ago by francesca escoto zavala