Staff Recommendations from Elliott Bay

Vida by Patricia Engel (Black Cat)

Each story in Vida forms a more focused picture of a girl: intelligent, honest, and somewhat aimless. Sabina’s story is told through a series of nonlinear snapshots. One is an early memory of visiting relatives in Bogotá and catching bits of adult conversation: La Situación, La Violencia, and Escobar.

In “Refuge” she narrowly escapes the World Trade Center on 9/11 when she calls in sick from a hated job. The title story finds her in Florida with Davida, a fellow Colombian whose own heartbreaking experience takes center stage. Readers will find themselves wanting more. –Pamela

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