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    Edit I have re read and taught this book many times in the nine years since I wrote the review below and upon reflection I think I am wrong about this book and it is better than I gave it credit for Maybe one day I will re write this review bu

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    What I find the most compelling part's of Angie Cruz's novel is not the prose or magical realist elements but its extremely accurate caricature of NYC The funniest and truest description of West Manhattan I wouldn't descr

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    read for senior semTHIS BOOK IS SOUL CRUSHING AND AFFIRMING ABOUT A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER UNDERSTANDING GENERATIONAL TRAUMA A

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    Soleda represents so many parts of me and so many of the women I’ve known Having been raised in such Dominican spaces I thought I knew better and by better I figured that assimilation was the key here in America Boy was I wrong so was Soledad As Cruz progresses in the narrative of this young woman escaping her best parts not un

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    Angie Cruz tells a compelling authentic story about growing up in Washington Heights NYC Without shying away from the ugly truths of poverty crime and drugs culture Cruz shows a community that looks out for one another and shares a sense of solidarity They are tight like an extended family Beautifully rendered Cruz's strong female protagonist Soledad counterbalances Junot Diaz's male centric protagonist Junior I got th

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    I understood Soledad You don't have to relate to the characters in order to understand Soledad her family and their stuggles The writing doesn't flow consistently but the author kept me intrigued

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    If you love spanish lit this is it One of the best books I've ever read the author came to speak to our class she was wonderful

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    For Goodreads reviews As posted on Zezee with BooksMy thoughtsHave you ever read a story that mirrors your family so well that you feel as if the book was written for you? Such was my experience when reading Soledad It wasn’t exactly the same as my life but the characters and how the characters react to their situations were familiar“It’s always like that just when I think I don’t give a shit about what my family thinks they find

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    In terms of interesting themes this book was good It dealt with interesting issues I understood a lot of why some characters acted the way the

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    I first read this book when I was fifteen years old for my Spanish class in high school My teacher at the time Mr Segura reassured the class that Angie Cruz was going to be one of the brightest stars in Spanish literature As young woman I remembered liking the book and liking Cruz's bubbly personality As part of the Spanish class we were ab

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Oulful intense man from the neighborhood she also faces the greatest challenge of her life confronting the ghosts from her mother's past and salvaging their damaged relationship Evocative and wise Soledad is a wondrous story of culture and chaos family and integrity myth and mysticism from a Latina literary lig. For Goodreads reviews As posted on Zezee with BooksMy thoughtsHave you ever read a story that mirrors your family so well that you feel as if the book was written for you Such was my experience when reading Soledad It wasn t exactly the same as my life but the characters and how the characters react to their situations were familiar It s always like that just when I think I don t give a shit about what my family thinks they find a way to drag me back home Cruz had me at the first sentence and I find that weird I knew from reading that sentence that I would enjoy the story and that I would find it hard to pull away from it for long Why is that How can some authors pull me in from so early in the story while others can t Is it a matter or style or voice I d really like to puzzle this outThe narrator s voice drew me into the story The story is told in first person but from multiple perspectives with Soledad as our protagonist Soledad is a young 20 something woman who has left home to seek freedom and space from her family She is an artist and works part time at a gallery Her family are immigrants from Dominica Republic who settled in Washington Heights a bad part of New York City where Soledad has spent most of her life When the story opens Soledad is returning home to visit her ailing motherI could relate to Soledad in many ways I could relate to her struggles as an immigrant as the child of immigrants and as a young woman developing ideals that conflict with what her family believe and enforce I could relate to her frustration with having to live with family members who constantly pry into her life and refuse to acknowledge that she s no longer a child and I could relate to her skepticism about her family s spiritual beliefs When Soledad sees her mother Olivia she believes that Olivia is in need of medical help due to her semi catatonic state But Soledad s grandmother and aunt assure her that Olivia is simply resolving some issues in her sleep Soledad thinks they re crazy My grandmother is split between ideas country her dreams and what s real In this way Cruz includes elements of magical realism in her story Olivia is indeed resolving issues in her sleep She is haunted by her past and the magnitude of all she is dealing with seems so great that she has become speechless and near immobile at times Ghosts from her past manifest in the present and cause trouble for both Olivia and her family members so her sister Soledad s aunt named Gorda turns to her herbs to cleanse Olivia s apartment of its bad spiritsSpirits bad juju and the like are easily believed by Soledad s family but Soledad fights against this at first as she battles with her cultures and identities being both an American and a Dominican and living in America and thus influenced by American ideals but having a strong Dominican upbringing with family who still hold onto their Dominican beliefs As the story progresses Soledad learns about herself her parents and origin and begins to accept herself for who she is and to feel comfortable being Soledad an immigrant from Washington Heights with a family that some might call crazyI enjoyed watching all the characters develop Though Soledad is the protagonist the story focuses on all members of her family who are all affected and changed by what has happened to Soledad s mother I did not have a favorite character in this story because though I could relate to Soledad on many levels I did not like her I thought her too stuck up stoosh is the Jamaican slang and though I understood why that is I couldn t shake my initial reaction to her I did however like Ciego a blind wise old man who dishes out advice to everyone and Soledad s grandmother was pretty cool too because she reminded me of my own However Flaca Soledad s cousin was an annoyance because of her immaturity but her character rang true to me for how girls her age sometimes behaveThough I enjoyed the story I was not a fan of the writing It s sometimes descriptive which I liked but other times the sentences threw me off and I can t say what caused that It wasn t the inclusion of Spanish words which adds authenticity to the story I just don t know why Also no uotation marks were included to indicate speech which sometimes made me confused but I got by I did not like the ending It s hard to say what happens It s pretty open ended but to me it seems that the story ended with storylines still hangingOverall 12It s a pretty good story and I recommend it if you re looking for something short but good that focuses on family relationships and identity I also recommend it if you re looking for a diverse read recommendation or a story that includes magical realism I enjoyed reading it and loved that I could easily see parts of my and my family s experiences reflected in the storyBy the way Richie seems like a really sweet really sexy guyor so I imagined himuotes from the book Never be afraid of making a mess That s the fastest way of getting thing done Soledad when you write something down it keeps it alive There is a certain power to words memories ideas when one writes them down

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At eighteen Soledad couldn't get away fast enough from her contentious family with their endless tragedies and petty fights Two years later she's an art student at Cooper Union with a gallery job and a hip East Village walk up But when Tía Gorda calls with the news that Soledad's mother has lapsed into an emot. Edit I have re read and taught this book many times in the nine years since I wrote the review below and upon reflection I think I am wrong about this book and it is better than I gave it credit for Maybe one day I will re write this review but for now I think it can be safely ignored and I pumped it up by one starMy biggest beef with this book is not so much the book itself but the pull uotes and excerpts from reviews all of which seem to hone in on the magical realist aspects of the narrative when really there is really only one scene that can be called magical realist and it is near the end and kind of heavy handed and doesn t really add much to the book at all It feels like since Angie Cruz is a Latina writer then her work has to be categorized that way in order to put it in the neighborhood of the only Latino writer anyone ever really takes seriously Gabriel Garcia Maruez maybe Borges sometimes But still this complaint is misleading because I wish it were a little free in its depiction of reality a little willing to play with time I kind of wish the book was from Flaca s point of view instead of SoledadSo much of this genre of writing seems to be about reconnecting with and learning about a past our parents generation would rather forget but is nevertheless burdened with the awful shit that drove them out of the DR or PR or other places in Latin America and that their over protective irrational demeanor is meant to help us avoid I get that and I think its an important topic to explore and there are moments in this novel where the contradictions of family and the ties of blood we imagine are depicted elouently I just wanted I don t know

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Ional coma she insists that Soledad's return is the only cure Fighting the memories of open hydrants leering men and slick skinned teen girls with raunchy mouths and snapping gum Soledad moves home to West 164th Street As she tries to tame her cousin Flaca's raucous behavior and to resist falling for Richie a s. Soleda represents so many parts of me and so many of the women I ve known Having been raised in such Dominican spaces I thought I knew better and by better I figured that assimilation was the key here in America Boy was I wrong so was Soledad As Cruz progresses in the narrative of this young woman escaping her best parts not understanding that it is there that her best virtues and strengths are rooted life s reality check brings her to a place in time that meshes the past the present the experiences and aspirations of generations before her that leaves you winded She takes the reader through a journey that cannot be predicted and digs deep into your own psyche where you cannot discern between what you ve ingested and what you ve lived I was disappointed with a love story untold because I am a romantic at heart and yet it is incredibly impactful how Cruz leaves you with the identification of Soledad as the problem or her actions and perception of who she really is and where she comes from and in turn leaves you uestioning me uestioning what is so powerful about myself and my people that scares me away from who I can be