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The Amado Women

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This debut novel begins with Sylvia, an attractive mother of two living in a wealthy Southern California suburb, being beaten up by her jerk of a husband. Sylvia's mother, Mercedes (called Mercy), is a stylish, divorced woman of 60 whose ex-husband is a lying, cheating, hard-drinking loser, and each of her three grown daughters has problems as well. (Likable men in this novel are few and far between.) Youngest daughter Nataly is a free-spirited artist who at 32 still acts like a teenager and has a thing for bad boys. Now middle-aged, Celeste is a successful financial manager but has unresolved issues. And poor Sylvia. Will she be able to break free of her viciously abusive husband and save herself and her children? As readers will see, there are further problems in store for this troubled family. VERDICT Zamorano says she wanted to portray the life of "the invisible Latina," but this novel will appeal to female readers of any ethnic background who enjoy a fast-paced story with lots of family drama and strong characters who overcome bad relationships and the other adversities life hands them.óLeslie Patterson, Rehoboth, MA
- Leslie Patterson, September 1, 2014  Visit Website

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