From the Abuelas' Window

From the Abuelas' Window[KINDLE] ❅ From the Abuelas' Window Author Nancy Burke-Toomey – Bluevapours.co.uk This delightful story weaves magic realism, humor and compassion to tell of three tricky old abuelas and three young girls who combine their gifts to change fate one small step at a time The time is , This delightful story weaves magic realism, humor and compassion to tell of three tricky old abuelas and three young girls who combine their gifts to change fate one small step at a time The time is , the place, Pinochet s Chile.

Nancy Burke is the author of the forthcoming Only the Women are Burning, a novel Her previous books include If I Could Paint the Moon Black and From the Abuelas Window She holds an MFA from Rutgers University and writes and teaches in Montclair, NJ.

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  • Paperback
  • 196 pages
  • From the Abuelas' Window
  • Nancy Burke-Toomey
  • English
  • 13 February 2019
  • 1591138108

8 thoughts on “From the Abuelas' Window

  1. Maggie Desmond-O& says:

    Indie books, I ve discovered, have a feel Slick paperback bindings, small economical font size, and a print sizing that never quite fits on my shelf an accompanying feeling of anticipation and dread As any newer book blogger can tell you, small presses and indie authors come knocking for reviews long before the big guys do, and I ve always enjoyed giving them a shot It s resulted in some of the best and some of the worst books I ve ever read for the blog some of them so bad I never even r Indie books, I ve discovered, have a feel Slick paperback bindings, small economical font size, and a print sizing that never quite fits on my shelf an accompanying feeling of anticipation and dread As any newer book blogger can tell you, small presses and indie authors come knocking for reviews long before the big guys do, and I ve always enjoyed giving them a shot It s resulted in some of the best and some of the worst books I ve ever read for the blog some of them so bad I never even reviewed , but at least it s always interesting When someone pointed out From the Abuelas Window and told me that I should request it for review, it was a weird reversal but well worth it.First of all, indie books are notorious for not so great writing, no matter how good the story is While Abuelas certainly could have been trimmed in places the font is small, so 196 pages probably equals 350 regular ones it had a sweet, lyrical style that lent itself well to the magical realism themes Toomey s characters are well developed and lovable, and her choice of setting during Chile s turmoil almost became a character in and of itself It was nice to see a middle grade Latino read that wasn t about Mexico, and the story is rich in cultural detail, though personally I would have loved to seeSpanglish a la Esperanza Rising worked in I have a feeling that was avoided to make it an easier read aloud for non Spanish speakers, and indeed, it would be a fantastic family curl up on the couch sort of book.It was impossible not to make comparisons to Gringolandia by Lyn Miller Lachmann, which I reviewed back in February Both books shared the theme of Pinochet s takeover, missing fathers, and secrets That said, Through the Abuelas Window is significantly tamer than Gringolandia While Miller Lachmann s story takes place mostly in the United States, Abuelas action is seated firmly in a small Chilean town, where the true horrors of what happened during this time are glossed over by the delights of the abuelas and Maribel s bike It s terror as seen through the eyes of a child, while Gringolandia involves a teen whose eyes are opened to it If you re looking to introduce this period through historical fiction to younger readers, Through the Abuelas Window is definitely the way to go.My biggest complaint about this book would be the ending, which felt very anticlimactic But again, I m a picky teenager, and not to say that there s a lower standard of writing for middle grade because as Madeleine L Engle proved, there definitely isn t , but I doubt its target audience will much care Other than that, I was pleasantly surprised by everything about it, and felt like the picture Gringolandia had started to draw for me was filled in better

  2. Nancy says:

    This is a wonderful book, hopeful and sensitively written There is something truly nourishing and magical about the sisters in this story and their growing relationship with the abuelas who watch over them The story is also very atmospheric you do feel as if you have entered another country where the rules and rhythms of life are appealing, but different As one of three sisters, I enjoyed the playful, sometimes difficult, relationship of the young girls who are struggling to find their way This is a wonderful book, hopeful and sensitively written There is something truly nourishing and magical about the sisters in this story and their growing relationship with the abuelas who watch over them The story is also very atmospheric you do feel as if you have entered another country where the rules and rhythms of life are appealing, but different As one of three sisters, I enjoyed the playful, sometimes difficult, relationship of the young girls who are struggling to find their way as the book unfolds From the Abuelas Window would make a great gift for a sensitive teen who s curious about the world.Karin Abarbanel

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