The Madonnas of Echo Park: A Novel
by Brando Skyhorse
Hardcover- $23.00

We slipped into this country like thieves, onto the land that once was ours.

With these words, spoken by an illegal Mexican day laborer, ...

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  "Don\'t waste your time" by Marita (see profile) 01/22/14

Felt it was poorly written. Never felt a connection with any of the characters.

 
  "Lost in Translation??" by catzpawz00 (see profile) 01/23/14

If you are reading this very short book, be prepared to take notes and have a Spanish/English dictionary on hand. No one in the book club was able to keep track of characters or follow how they were connected except for one who had taken notes. Usually books of this length take me one or two days to read. This book took me almost three weeks. I couldn't get into the writing style, and the characters were not developed enough to keep me engaged. Our group was confused about the cementing theme and disappointed that so many of the exciting elements were cut off right in the middle of the action with little to no resolve. We kept expecting that there would be more in the later chapters about the death of certain characters, but it never happened. I think this story could have been lost in translation, but I am not really sure. P.S. We were all pissed and even less amazed by the book when we found out the author's note was not even true. The whole book seemed a bit hard to believe.

 
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