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The Amado Women, by Desiree Zamorano.

April 19, 2014

The Amado Women, by Desiree Zamorano.  Cinco Puntos Press (2014), Paperback, 240 pages.

An intense story about an Hispanic family in Los Angeles–a mother, her three daughters, and her two granddaughters–who face tragedies, fight with each other, and work together for shared goals.

The women of the Amado family are all different. Each hides her own secrets and is sometimes hostile to the others. But they are bound together because they are mothers, daughters, and sisters. Mercy is the mother, divorced from a weak, useless man. At sixty, she keeps herself looking attractive and is deeply involved in her third-grade classroom. Celeste is the oldest sister, bright, sophisticated, wealthy, and aloof. Sylvia is the married one, with two young daughters, Miriam and Becky, and an abusive husband. Nataly is the youngest, an artist and waitress who can’t get her life together. At first, tragedy seems to make them less able to cooperate, but gradually they share secrets and struggles.

Their story is full of crises that pull readers along. The family is Hispanic and has lived in the US for generations. They still enjoy bits of their culture and its distinctive foods, and they bristle when they feel put down for their ethnicity. In other ways, their lives are not very different from other women in this country, although none of us wants to share their particular crises. Like many of us, they all bear heavy, unrealistic burdens of guilt that they need to release. Much of their story is about what it means to be a daughter or a mother or a sister. As Mercy reflects about her grown daughters, she realizes that a mother loses her daughters everyday as they grow and change into their own persons.

Like the women in her book, Desiree Zamorano is Hispanic. She believes that Latina women need more visibility in our culture and is doing her part to promote their inclusion through her writing. She has also written a mystery series featuring an Hispanic woman detective. In addition, she teaches at Occidental College, where she fosters community literacy. Her comments in the Los Angeles Times and on NPR are some of the ways she fights against injustice and inequality.

I am glad to recommend The Amado Women to readers who enjoy exciting, domestic stories.

Thanks to Edelweiss and Cinco Puntos Press in El Paso, Texas, for sending me this ebook to review.

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