- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing (March 8, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1942545657
- ISBN-13: 978-1942545651
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 84 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Secrets of Worry Dolls Paperback – March 8, 2017
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This is a strong and memorable work of fiction."
"Spanning decades and continents, Secrets of Worry Dolls is a heartbreaking story about the ripple effect of our choices and the sometimes tragic consequence of survival. Mari and Lu will capture your imagination and your heart, and with Impellizzeri's signature magical touch, keep you flipping pages well into the night."-Kate Moretti, New York Times best-selling author of The Vanishing Year
"A truly original book - told with grace and style. Lu and Mari are vivid characters whose intertwining stories will move and surprise you."-Sarah Pekkanen, Internationally best-selling author of The Opposite of Me
With heart, humor and her signature touch of magic, Amy Impellizzeri brings to life the tale of a mother and daughter each facing all together extraordinary circumstances. Secrets of Worry Dolls will make you laugh, cry, and, in the end, leave you completely spellbound. It is easily one of my favorite books of the year! --Kristy Woodson Harvey, best-selling author of Dear Carolina and Lies and Other Acts of Love
"In Secrets of Worry Dolls, masterful storyteller Amy Impellizzeri interweaves the tales of Mari and Lu to create an unforgettable, tender portrayal of mother - daughter relationships, love, and hope." -Cynthia Swanson, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The Bookseller: A Novel
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This is a story which takes us back and forth between, New York and Guatemala.
It is told mainly in two voices that of the mother Mari and her daughter Lu.
Mari Guarez originally from Guatemala, ends up in NY after having to leave her country, but never getting over what happened to her there. While in NY she meets her husband to be, a firefighter and together they have two twin daughters, Lu and Rae.
The book centers around what happened in Guatemala, on 9/11 in NYC and an airplane crash in the neighborhood where the family lives.
It is a story of regrets, longings, secrets, facing ones fears and trying to cope. A story that will pull at the heartstrings but also one that will make you want to shakes some sense into certain people.
There are a lot of good stories and people to read about as both Mari and Lu tell their stories. Mari about her life before leaving Guatemala and her choices after. And that of Lu's trip to Guatemala, to find out more about her mother and her own heritage.
Beautifully written and great descriptions. I look forward to reading something else by this author.
When Lu survives an airline crash because she didn't board the plane, and that plane crashes into her Rock Harbor NY neighborhood, gravely injuring her mother, Lu picks up a trail of clues hinted at by her mother that takes her to her mother's homeland in Guatemala, where she learns more about her mother's challenges and the strain they put on their relationship.
Meanwhile, the author takes an imaginative leap by giving us alternating chapters in the perspective of Lu's mother, who is hospitalized in a coma. The effect is like peeling away the skin of the worry doll to see what had been poured inside. The reader sometimes knows more than Lu does, creating an interesting tension as Lu gets up to speed, but Impellizzeri leaves a few gripping twists for the reader as well.
Whether leading the reader through historical events, the natural beauty of Guatemala, or the complicated love in family relationships, Secrets of Worry Dolls makes you think and it makes you feel; what more could you ask for in a novel?
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