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Night of the Radishes: A Novel
Annie Rush has it all. A loving husband, adoring sons, an interesting job. But tragedy haunts her. Her identical twin sister died in a horrifying farm accident when the girls were nine years old, and in the wake of the grief and guilt that followed, her older brother left home for good. The death of her mother prompts Annie to seek her brother and revisit her long-lost pas ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 12th 2005 by Hachette Books
(first published 2004)
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This book was a bit of a disappointment. I expected something much more lyrical, magical, and atmospherically rich than what was delivered (especially since I had previously read Benitez's "Bitter Grounds," which does have some of these qualities, even though it was preachy at times). The reason I was initially attracted to "Night of the Radishes" was the Oaxaca, Mexico setting--a place that has always intrigued me and one I have always wanted to visit. However, even the parts of this novel set ...more
I am continuing to read this novel, but I have to note a couple of points. First, I have never known an adult child who was caring for a dying parent who did not have a solid knowledge of that parent's finances. Needless o say, I lost confidence in this story when, Ta-dum, she discovers this huge financial gift from her Mother's bank account in the 'drawer'. Then she travels to Mexico where she meets Joe, a total stranger who almost instantly becomes her constant companion and friend . In one pa ...more
This was a pretty good read. It was different, but light. It was about searching for a woman's past that wasn't what she remembered it as being all of her life. Annie had a twin that died in a tractor accident. Three years later her father committed suicide in their basement. Their older brother left home without saying good-bye, and Annie stayed and watched while her mother smoked herself to death. After her death, she searches for her brother. She finds him in Mexico. It was a very refreshing ...more
Story of Annie, whose dying mother left her a financial windfall and a quest to locate her long-lost brother. He turns up in Mexico, she goes to find him, extracurricular romance ensues, siblings united, long-standing disfunction address, all is well. Great Lifetime movie, but a yawn.
I was unsure what this book was going to be about but really liked it in the end. It is about the concept of the "twinless twin." This is a twin who has lost their twin to death. (Ms Benitez is a twinless twin.)
This would be great for discussion.
This would be great for discussion.
May 05, 2008 Melissa rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa by: Meg
This was a splendid, yet tragic book. I really enjoyed reading it and could not put it down. I highly recommend this book. The only thing I did not like… spoiler alert… was the affair. I felt that it had no place and added nothing to the story.
This might be my favorite book by Benitez so far. I have read Bitter Grounds and Where the Sea Remembers by her and remember thinking the same thing when I finished both of those though! This one is about Annie Rush Hart after her mother dies, married to Sam and mother of Will and Jack. A happy wife and mother and corporate trainer but also aware of the suppressed emotions she has carried since her identical twin died at the age of 9 in a tragic farm accident she witnessed and her father committ ...more
Oct 01, 2009 Chana rated it 3 of 5 stars
The story of Annie, a woman who has suffered a lot of loss in her life; The book opens with the death of her mother, and we learn about the death of her twin sister and father as well. Her brother has been estranged from the family for over 20 years and much of the story has to do with Annie's search for him. It is over-sentimental, full of pop psychology and kind of a blender of religion mixing new-age with Mexican and Indian traditions, some Catholic I assume, others I don't know the source of ...more
I really loved reading this book. Of course, the Mexican feel was right up my alley. I haven't been to Oaxaca since 1969, but I remember so well all of the places mentioned. If you are looking about a novel that features forgiveness, this is a good one. The whole thing about the radishes being used in art is new to me, but I know that the Mexicans can make art out of anything. I would especially recommend this to anyone who loves Mexico!
This is the sort of book I would generally skip over, assuming it to be poorly written 'feel good' fiction. However, I was greatly surprised! Not only does "Night of the Radishes" explore the depth of human emotion, but it also has a wonderful breadth of characters, places, and life events to make one feel as if Annie's journey is also his or her own. Evocative, truly.
I think this was my second time reading this book and I really enjoyed it. There are parts that are sad and really make you think, but the messages about transformation and healing are really beautiful in the context of cross-cultural understandings and rituals that are unusual but poignent.
It's a rare book that can achieve exactly the opposite of the author's intentions -- I'm not just indifferent to the (grieving/closure-seeking) main character, I kind of actively loathe her. Perhaps I'm just an asshole, or perhaps this is a bad book.
This book is about family secrets and about a woman who travels to another country in search for her long lost brother. While there she uncovers the "real" story behind the secrets and learns about herself and what she holds to be real.