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The Five Wounds: A Novel (2021. Auflage)

von Kirstin Valdez Quade (Autor)

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Titel:The Five Wounds: A Novel
Autoren:Kirstin Valdez Quade (Autor)
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2021), Edition: 1st, 432 pages
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This is the first novel by Quade but I read her previous award winning collection of short stories. I thought the novel was superior. It takes place in Northern New Mexico in a small town about an hour north of Santa Fe. The story works around a dysfunctional family. The main characters are Angel, 15 and 8 months pregnant, Amadeo her 33 year old absentee dad who has a history of drinking and failing, and his mother Yolanda who holds the family together. There are lot of other characters introduced with Brianna, Angel's teacher in a program for young pregnant girls also a main character. The reader goes in and out each of the main character's heads. Quade really does pile on the problems at a brisk pace so that the book was very sad to me but also very real. Fiction gives you an opportunity to views the lives of people that exist in the world but whose path you will never cross. I constantly was questioning their decision making but by the end of the book it seemed to work. The writing is excellent. If you like family dramas then you will enjoy this book. This is an author who I will continue to read. ( )
  nivramkoorb | Nov 15, 2021 |
This is a fantastic novel. The author writes characters that are so rich, and she gives them so much space - to love, to regret, to make bad decisions, to pick themselves back up - that it becomes so rewarding for the reader to spend time with them. I absolutely loved walking with this family through a year in their lives. ( )
  NeedMoreShelves | Oct 17, 2021 |
I can't get over that this is the author's debut novel. It's about family relationships, traditions, and life in a small New Mexico town. Each complicated character is portrayed in such a way that the reader gets inside their head. You can't help but love and root for each one of them. This is one of the most moving novels I've read in a long time. ( )
  Beth.Clarke | Aug 7, 2021 |
Kirstin Valdez Quade's The Five Wounds is both deeply engaging and deeply unsettling. Its characters comprise an extended family—dysfunctional, only not dysfunctional in that they they stand by and count on one another. There's Angel, fifteen years old and pregnant, attending a GED program for teen mothers. There's her father Amadeo who has failed at almost everything he has ever tried, yet keeps trying, and keeps failing. Yolanda, mother to Amadeo and grandmother to Angel, has spent her life caring for others, smoothing things out each time Amadeo fails—and has just discovered she has brain cancer. Brianna, the teacher at Angel's teen mothers program. And this is just a small segment of the community that populates The Five Wounds.

The Five Wounds isn't an easy read. Valdez Quade is able to seduce us into caring deeply about her characters, so we feel each of their disappointments, their confusions around their own worth and purpose. At moments, one can lean back and feel a distance that allows for laughter as well as pain in response to the narrative, but for the most part these characters are much to real to be easy to laugh at.

This isn't a take-it-to-the-beach read, but it is most definitely a get-caught-up-in-it-and-view-a-single-series-of-events-from-multiple-quirky-and-complex-perspectives book.

I received a free electronic review copy of this title via EdelweissPlus; the opinions are my own. ( )
  Sarah-Hope | Jun 18, 2021 |
Las Penas, New Mexico. Amadeo is a man who depends on his mother. He drinks too much, is accountable to no one and so far whatever endeavor he has undertaken, has failed. He always has plans that never come to fruition, but this changes when his 15 year old, very pregnant daughter, arrives on his doorstep. Can he be the father, that he never was before? Yolanda, his mother has always been there for him, his staunch defender, but what if she can no longer be depended on? There is much thinking to be done in this family, many adjustments and realignments, and that is the story. Things are always darkest before the dawn. Or so they say.

A wonderfully written book, the writing is so smooth and the story exemplifies the many issues families face. There is much dysfunction, but underneath there are strong bonds and much love. Many mistakes are made and I just wanted them to get their act together. It starts with a reenactment of Christ's crucifixion, but religion is not the main theme of this book, though it does come in to play here and there. Likable characters, even those of whose actions I disapproved. Teen pregnancy is also highlighted, the difficulties they face with this less than advantageous start in adulthood.

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  Beamis12 | Apr 26, 2021 |
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