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"From an award-winning storyteller comes a stunning debut novel following a New Mexican family's extraordinary year of love and sacrifice. It's Holy Week in the small town of Las Penas, New Mexico, and thirty-three-year-old unemployed Amadeo Padilla has been given the part of Jesus in the Good Friday procession. He is preparing feverishly for this role when his fifteen-year-old daughter Angel shows up pregnant on his doorstep and disrupts his plans. Their reunion sets her own life down a startling path. Vivid, tender, darkly funny, and beautifully rendered, The Five Wounds spans the baby's first year as five generations of the Padilla family converge: Amadeo's mother, Yolanda, reeling from a recent discovery; Angel's mother, whom Angel isn't speaking to; and disapproving Tio Tive, keeper of the family's history. In the absorbing, realist tradition of Elizabeth Strout and Jonathan Franzen, Kirstin Valdez Quade conjures characters that will linger long after the final page, bringing to life their struggles to parent children they may not be equipped to save"-- Provided by publisher.
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Syndetic Solutions - Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 0393242838
The Five Wounds : A Novel
The Five Wounds : A Novel
by Quade, Kirstin Valdez
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DEBUT NOVEL Quade follows up her John Leonard Prize-winning debut collection, Night of the Fiestas, by expanding on perhaps its best story. In Las Penas, NM, 33-year-old hard-drinking, going-nowhere Amadeo unexpectedly plays the part of Jesus in the town's surprisingly realistic portrayal of the Passion of Christ during Holy Week. Just as unexpectedly, his pregnant, near-16-year-old daughter Angel, fed up with her own mother, drops in to live with him and his mother, Yolanda. What results is a profoundly affecting story that smoothly expands to include the lives of family, friends, and the entire community of hardscrabble Las Penas. Yolanda, who has tended to her whole troubled family, now has issues of her own, while her smug, crusading daughter Valerie, with two interestingly contrary daughters of her own, makes trouble for Amadeo and Angel. Owing to her pregnancy, Angel attends special classes, where she develops complex relationships with sexually charged student Lizette and the emotionally imprisoned and ultimately obstructionist teacher, Brianna. The baby's arrival brings joy and a moment of supreme, heartrending panic as the narrative reaches its graceful conclusion. VERDICT Expertly crafted, this story of family and community introduces us to often needy characters for whom readers come to care deeply. Highly recommended.--Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

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Amadeo Padilla, 35, filled the role of Jesus during the re-creation of the Crucifixion as part of Holy Week, and he also has heavy burdens to bear in real life. Nothing comes easy in the small town of Las Penas, New Mexico. His pregnant teen daughter, Angel, who is both bubbly and frail and a real show-stealer, has left her mother's place and is looking for a new home. The matriarch of the family, Yolanda Padilla, who is the only one drawing a steady paycheck, is dying of a brain tumor. And with memories of an absent father haunting him, Amadeo struggles to find his feet. The arrival of Connor, Angel's baby, forces Amadeo to recast his responsibilities as he earnestly tries to provide some ballast for the family. For her part, the bright and tenacious Angel is determined to make the best of her circumstances while enrolled in a government program for teen mothers. Quade (Night at the Fiestas, 2015) ably delivers a story that is nuanced and authentic without a whiff of melodrama. "Angel is sick of irrevocability: of fights, of illness, of death," she writes in this generous tale of characters who understand the inevitability of fate but try to forge ahead anyway in the hope of breaking free.

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National Book Critics Circle Award winner Quade's penetrating debut novel (expanded from a story in Night at the Fiestas) tells of a man's quest for self-acceptance through the metaphor of the five wounds Jesus suffered during crucifixion. In the blighted New Mexico village of Las Penas, Amadeo Padilla, a heavily tattooed, ambitionless, unemployed alcoholic, has been tapped to play Jesus in the yearly reenactment of the Passion play orchestrated by the "hermandad," or the Hermanos Penitentes, a secretive order of devoted, self-flagellating Catholics. Amadeo, along with his pregnant teenage daughter Angel (who shows up unannounced during "Passion Week") and his silently suffering mother, Yolanda, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, complicate Amadeo's path to redemption. Tragedy abounds when Angel is expelled from her hybrid GED-parenting program, Amadeo's alcoholism causes a life-threatening accident, and Yolanda's cancer worsens. Eventually, Amadeo realizes that immediate redemption is overrated, but his devotion to thoughts of Jesus's suffering may just yield hard-fought transcendence. The well-developed characters convey palpable emotion as Amadeo's failures as a father, partner, entrepreneur, and even as Jesus translate into fits of rage and frustration. Quade's rendering of a singular community is pitch perfect. (Apr.)


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