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The Affairs of the Falcóns: A Novel

The Affairs of the Falcóns: A Novel

Written by Melissa Rivero

Narrated by Frankie Corzo


The Affairs of the Falcóns: A Novel

Written by Melissa Rivero

Narrated by Frankie Corzo

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4/5 (19 ratings)
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8 hours
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Released:
Apr 2, 2019
ISBN:
9780062898272
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Description

A stunning debut novel about a young undocumented Peruvian woman fighting to keep her family afloat in New York City.

Ana Falcón, along with her husband, Lucho, and their two young children, has fled the economic and political strife of Peru for a chance at a new life in New York City in the 1990s. Being undocumented, however, has significantly curtailed the family’s opportunities: Ana is indebted to a loan shark who calls herself Mama and is stretched thin by unceasing shifts at her factory job. To make matters worse, Ana must also battle both criticism from Lucho’s cousin — who has made it obvious the family is not welcome to stay in her spare room for much longer — and escalating and unwanted attention from Mama’s husband.

As the pressure builds, Ana becomes increasingly desperate. While Lucho dreams of returning to Peru, Ana is deeply haunted by the demons she left behind and determined to persevere in this new country. But how many sacrifices is she willing to make before admitting defeat and returning to Peru? And what lines is she willing to cross in order to protect her family?

The Affairs of the Falcóns is a beautiful, deeply urgent novel about the lengths one woman is willing to go to build a new life and a vivid rendering of the American immigrant experience.

Publisher:
Released:
Apr 2, 2019
ISBN:
9780062898272
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Melissa Rivero was born in Lima, Peru, and raised in Brooklyn. Undocumented for most of her childhood, Rivero became a US citizen in her early twenties. Her writing has taken her to the VONA/Voices Workshops, Bread Loaf, and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony. In 2015, Melissa was an Emerging Writers Fellow at the Center for Fiction. She is a graduate of NYU and Brooklyn Law School, and currently works on the legal team of a startup. She still lives in Brooklyn, with her husband, two sons, and their rescue dog. 


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    I do not feel like my review will do this book justice. But I’m going to try and get what I’m feeling out in a way that makes sense.



    This was my first time reading a book about the immigrant experience. And I thank Lupita for recommending this one. With that being said...holy emotions.



    I think for anyone who has never experienced the subject first hand, we have feelings attached to the content in a way that we may be afraid to share. Each characters perspective of being undocumented and in America were one of the things I loved most about the book.



    I was drawn the most to the sacrifice in this book. How these immigrants risk it all in order to provide a better life for their families. Anna holds a special place in my heart, I wanted to fight for her. And Valeria....even after the book has finished, I hold so much anger towards her character.



    Again...this review does no justice for the book at all. It was beautiful, it was emotional, it was great. Read it, and immerse yourself in the story and then you will understand.

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