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Sweetwater American by [Coleman, Eileen Cruz]
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Length: 277 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"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: 3203 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Eileen Cruz Coleman (February 3, 2010)
  • Publication Date: February 3, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037263PO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,385 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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This book is brilliant. It's one of those that caught me by surprise. I started reading it and wanted to put it down because I though it wasn't a book I could relate to as a white, 30-something woman from a lower-middle class cityish-suburbanish background. I couldn't put it down. The _writing_ isn't brilliant but it's quite decent. The thing that will snare you is the story the author tells. Her characters make you think about your own story--how you synthesize the experiences you have, what continuity is in your consciousness, and how you relate to the world from your own perspective as a multitude of experiences. This book is brilliant. It explores who we are as people, no matter where we are from. Please, please read it and share. It's one of those rare ones that are worthy of it.
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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. I enjoyed the complex, interwoven stories, the variety of characters, and the touches of magical realism. At times the jumps in time and the jumps from one character's story to another were a bit confusing to the reader. I think some careful editing would tighten this up and turn a very good book into an excellent piece of literature.
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