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I wasn't expecting much from this book, especially not a trip down memory lane. I love that it helped remind me of stories from my past. It helped me remember why I have such a heart for immigrants. It humanized the current politics and taught me things I didn't know. It was interesting to me that the setting was not Texas. I kept being surprised that Delaware was the location but I think that was a good thing as it gives a fresh look.
It was hard for me to read, because I kept waiting for the axe to drop, but in the end I couldn't put it down. The sweetest story to me was that of Alma and Arturo, the couple that moves in order to help their daughter get better from a brain injury. Theirs is just an unadulterated pure love for each other and for their daughter. There are other stories mixed in, and I actually liked this, it gave me a break from the story that I knew was going to be difficult every step of the way. The name of the book comes from one of those stories and by the time it is delivered, you know how true it is.
First time I've actually wept at the end of a book in a long, long time. I love my country but we are so screwed up.
One favorite quote, from Arturo: "I'll tell them what I love about this country."
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Guess my title says it all. A few moments of insight or a nice turn of phrase buried beneath mountains of predictable situations and a story told a thousand times before. The narrators tell the story with bravado, humor or squeeze every last bit of pathos out of the story, depending on who their character is.
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