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4.0 out of 5 starsGreat selection for book discussion groups
Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2013
Winner of the prestigious Sor Juana prize in 1991, for <Nosotras que nos queremos tanto>, Chilean author Serrano is singularly capable of capturing the thoughts and feelings of women in engrossing novels. Informed that her baby has died soon after birth, but provided with no corpse, the nameless protagonist suspects foul play and is determined to find the truth--and her baby. She develops a successful organization to help others whose babies have been stolen for adoption or organ harvest, but when she sees what she believes to be her baby in the arms of another woman, her propensity for action causes her both misery and liberation. It seems as though Serrano has contrived to tailor a novel for book clubs and the gender and class analysis endemic to Women's Literature classes: humble protagonist committed to her personal growth, check; strong female relationships and solidarity, check; weak or nonexistent males, check; issues relevant to the developing world, check. While Serrano maintains an authentic voice for her protagonist, the plot's digression into implausibilities greatly detracts from what is otherwise a quick and enjoyable read that begs for lively discussion. This novel is likely to find an audience in bookstores and public libraries where women's literature is popular.
As always, Marcela Serrano gives us a novel that has a great history around a woman, and this its not the exception, not only mixing up the llorona (typical latin american legend) with the history of a mother, but making the style of the book very nice and cautivating. I could not stop reading it until i finished it!!!