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The Five Wounds

The Five Wounds

Book - 2021 | First Edition
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"From an award-winning storyteller comes a stunning debut novel following a New Mexican family's extraordinary year of love and sacrifice. It's Holy Week in the small town of Las Penas, New Mexico, and thirty-three-year-old unemployed Amadeo Padilla has been given the part of Jesus in the Good Friday procession. He is preparing feverishly for this role when his fifteen-year-old daughter Angel shows up pregnant on his doorstep and disrupts his plans. Their reunion sets her own life down a startling path. Vivid, tender, darkly funny, and beautifully rendered, The Five Wounds spans the baby's first year as five generations of the Padilla family converge: Amadeo's mother, Yolanda, reeling from a recent discovery; Angel's mother, whom Angel isn't speaking to; and disapproving Tio Tive, keeper of the family's history. In the absorbing, realist tradition of Elizabeth Strout and Jonathan Franzen, Kirstin Valdez Quade conjures characters that will linger long after the final page, bringing to life their struggles to parent children they may not be equipped to save"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, [2021]
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9780393242836
Branch Call Number: F QUADE-K
Characteristics: 419 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: 5 wounds


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Apr 06, 2021

And still they moved forward. Amadeo Padilla, age 33, lives with his mother, in a small New Mexico town. His pregnant 16-year-old-daughter moves in with them. Amadeo drinks and has lost his driver’s license again because of a DUI. He is unemployed and has no ambition. His mother is the breadwinner, working for the legislature in Santa Fe, but her problems are even worse. She has brain cancer and refuses to tell her family. This excellent character-driven book portrays the challenges many blue-collar workers in an area filled with poverty face. Its family that keeps them together and family that provides the motivation to move forward.


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