The Book of Want
144 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Release Date:15 Apr 2011
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The Book of Want

The University of Arizona Press

When Moses descended Mount Sinai carrying the Ten Commandments, he never could have foreseen how one family in Los Angeles in the early twenty-first century would struggle to live by them.

Conchita, a voluptuous, headstrong, and single woman of a certain age, sees nothing wrong with enjoying the company of handsome – and usually much younger – men. That is, until she encounters a widower with unusual gifts and begins to think about what she really wants out of life.

Julieta, Conchita’s younger sister, walks a more traditional path, but she and her husband each harbor secrets that could change their marriage and their lives forever. Their twin sons, both in college, struggle to find fulfillment. Mateo refuses to let anyone stand in the way of his happiness while Rolando grapples with his sexuality and the family’s expectations. And from time to time, Belén, the family’s late matriarch pays a visit to advise, scold, and cajole her hapless descendents.

A delightful family tapestry, woven with the threads of all those whose lives are touched by Conchita, The Book of Want is an enchanting blend of social and magical realism that tells a charming story about what it means to be fully human.

RELATED TOPICS: Fiction, Literature
Daniel A. Olivas practises law with the California Department of Justice Public Rights Division and is the author of five books, including Anywhere But L.A. and Devil Talk.
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