Vanessa Diffenbaugh blends gorgeous prose with compelling themes of motherhood, undocumented immigration, and the American Dream in a powerful and prescient story about family.
Diffenbaugh manages to penetrate the core of humankind. Her characters flawed, however they scratch and claw to survive and succeed in life, success measured on their terms. Her masterful writing, emotional insight creates a compelling read.
Immigration is a hot topic these days, Diffenbaugh handled it with heart, grace, empathy and truth. I enjoyed the comparison between Letty and Carmen’s status, dissimilar and similar circumstances yet they share the same hopes and dreams for themselves along with their children.
The information on birds/feathers was fascinating, added to the intensity of Alex.
I would have preferred less romance and more family engagement. Alex and Yesenia’s relationship played a role in the plot and was appreciated but the adult romance wasn’t really necessary, more of a distraction feeling like filler, close to formulaic.
Fulfilling read, looking forward to Diffenbaugh’s next burning provoking novel.
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