Soledad by Angie Cruz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Angie Cruz’s Soledad is a story that makes everyday life in Washington Heights magical. She began the novel by pulling me into her world with vivid details such as empty bottles of Presidente in the trash cans, the stinging “smell of onions and cilantro,” and merengue blaring out of cars on the street. I was immediately hooked. She continued to pull me in with her complex characters who are all just regular people trying to make the best out of their circumstances in life. The story revolves around four strong female characters Gorda, Flaca, Soledad, and Olivia and explores their relationships with each other, with the men in their lives, and their culture. The magical realism takes this relatable down-to-earth story and its characters to another level. This beautifully written novel has layers upon layers and is one that can and should be read over and over again.
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