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Fresh, accomplished, and fearless, Vida marks the debut of Patricia Engel, a young author of immense talent and promise. Vida follows a single narrator, Sabina, as she navigates her shifting identity as a daughter of the Colombian diaspora and struggles to find her place within and beyond the net of her strong, protective, but embattled family.

In "Lucho," Sabina's family--already "foreigners in a town of blancos"--is shunned by the community when a relative commits an unspeakable act of violence, but she is in turn befriended by the town bad boy who has a secret of his own; in "Desaliento," Sabina surrounds herself with other young drifters who spend their time looking for love and then fleeing from it--until reality catches up with one of them; and in "Vida," the urgency of Sabina's self-imposed exile in Miami fades when she meets an enigmatic Colombian woman with a tragic past.

Patricia Engel maps landscapes both actual and interior in this stunning debut, and the constant throughout is Sabina--serious, witty, alternately cautious and reckless, open to transformation yet skeptical of its lasting power. Infused by a hard-won, edgy wisdom, Vida introduces a sensational new literary voice.
Publisher: New York : Black Cat, c2010
ISBN: 9780802170781
Branch Call Number: ENGEL
Characteristics: 182 p. ; 19 cm


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Jan 24, 2013

In each new chapter - a new boyfriend or new boyfriends. Ah, youth! Condemns nationalism and prejudice against immigrants from certain ethnic groups in the U.S.. But she is very nationalistic to the American lifestyle and other Latin American nationalities. Certain arrogance. I liked the fact that she describes things as they are, without unnecessary cloudiness when you have to guess - what is the hidden meaning - which affects many authors in recent years, with pretensions to profundity.


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Aug 07, 2011

- I think this was one of the “short “ books recommended by the guy the read a book a day. Short stories about life from the perspective of a young, middle class Columbian girl. Pretty good – 8/10

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