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The Chin Kiss King
by Ana Veciana-Suarez (Goodreads Author)
"The Chin Kiss King" is a heart-wrenching novel that chronicles the lives of three generations of Cuban American women in Miami: Cuca, zealous believer in the hovering presence of spirits; her daughter, Adela a superstitious, gambling cosmetologist with a weakness for men; and Adela's daughter, Maribel, a marketing-research assistant who does not know the power of dreams, ...more
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Beautiful beautiful beautiful. I read this nearly 20 years ago and still remember it. A book about life, love, pain, mothers, women and letting go. Tissues necessary. And a highlighter for the chapter on Cuca’s 8 life lessons. I loved her scenes the most...
Over Thanksgiving break, I finished reading Chin Kiss King by Ana Veciana-Suarez's. The novel is set in Miami with flashbacks to Cuba; I loved how the author brought nuances of growing up in a bi-cultural environment. The story is about a woman who gives birth to a handicapped infant and how this ties her with her mother and grandmother. The inter-generational relationship is very moving. Some of the conflict that comes between mothers and daughters is tied to the aspects of Cuban culture that e ...more
Spoiler Alert: This book resonated with me because it concerns a special needs child as much as it concerns his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Each of these women is trapped by something inside her that informs who she is and how she conducts herself in the world. In the five months we spend with these characters, we watch them push away from one another, but, ultimately, draw inextricably closer as the baby boy's death becomes a reality. I have a special needs grandchild, and I so u ...more
A good book for anyone interested in reading about the relationships between different generations of a Cuban-American family, or about motherhood - it's beautifully written, and the character relationships are developed/revealed well. However, there isn't much of a moving plotline, and the story is sad the whole way through...so for someone not particularly interested in Cuba / motherhood, this might not necessarily be worth the somber read.
Dec 14, 2007 Lucy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in Cuban Americans or handicapped children
Inside the jacket the book is described as heart wrenching. It really is, and I am not often up for taking on that feeling unnecessarily. It is a good story about three generations of Cuban American women and the son born to one of them with severe birth defects.
A delightful first novel. All about raising an infant born with disabilities before he dies. Love the three generations of Hispanic women. This book made me feel so wonderful while reading it. Thanks, Jayne, for recommending it to me!
Ana Veciana-Suarez is a syndicated columnist and author of several books, including the young adult novel, Flight to Freedom. She has also written a collection of essays, Birthday Parties in Heaven: Thoughts on Life, Love, Grief, and Other Matters of the Heart. Her first novel, The Chin Kiss King, was translated into Spanish, Dutch, and German, and nominated for the IMPAC Award, an international c ...moreMore about Ana Veciana-Suarez...
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“As she lived and suffered - was that redundant? - she discovered God in the most unusual places, sensed calm in the most tumultuous times. She had learned her way to and from, but especially through the dark passages of pain and regret. She had discovered how to sit still through the urgency of life.”More quotes…