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The Ordinary Life: Ordinary Lives. Extraordinary People.

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A work of literary fiction based on true events that follows the lives of three ordinary people:

Born into a migrant family, Lucia worked the fields and witnessed first-hand hardship and abuse. When she moved into the rancher's home, she met and later married his son. After all, white men don't beat their wives. How was she to know?

Blinded by the love he had for his fat
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Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published November 17th 2017
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Moná
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Life is what you make it and sometimes people can only make it into something based on the amount of knowledge and know how they possess. Generation after generation was given the chance to do a complete 360 degrees and not turn out like our parents, but somewhere we’ve fallen short and ended up fulfilling that nightmare. Every several years there’s a shift that occurs where things are never the same, we’re left to reminisce about our favorite moments of life. At the same time, we must also embr ...more
Nan
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Has your life been easy or difficult?

Reading about the lives of the characters in this book entitled, “The Ordinary Life: Ordinary Lives. Extraordinary People” by Mario Kiefer might just help you decide.

The book begins in the year 1905 in Sicily, Italy. Corrado’s family is being sought out by the Mafioso for leaking important information to the leaders in Rome. Corrado’s father sends him to Napoli to stay with family before boarding a ship to America. Corrado lives near El Paso, TX and serves un
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Mrs. Varela
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author Mario Kiefer writes a thought-provoking piece of fiction based on true events following four generations of a mixed Mexican family. In Ordinary Life: Ordinary Lives. Ordinary People. readers first meet Corrado who immigrated from Italy to the United States in the early 1900’s. On a Texas farm he meets and falls for a young Mexican woman named Violeta and they marry. Their marriage isn’t a happy one.They raise a strong-willed Fabia who learned to do grueling migrant farm work just like her ...more
Liz Melton
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The ordinary life; extraordinary story

The ordinary life: ordinary lives. Extraordinary people. By Mario Keifer showed the lives of a family through generations. This story was very interesting and educational. “The Ordinary Life” book weaves together a tale of how a few small choices changed lives and how everything comes together for a reason. WARNING FROM THIS POINT ON IN MY REVIEW THERE WILL BE SPOILERS however I will NOT spoil the whole book it’s too good! As the book begins you meet severa
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Ryan McCoin
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Family Matters

“The Ordinary Life: Ordinary Lives. Extraordinary People.” By Mario Kiefer is a historical fiction that uses real, historical events and periods to provide a setting for the author and inform the fictional narrative.  This story focuses on a family of immigrants descended from mixed Mexican and Italian immigrant heritage and the struggles they faced going through life in America.  The author moves through the perspectives of the three main characters Lucia, Julian, and Mateo by cyc
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Sonja McGiboney
The Ordinary Life is a thought provoking, fast paced memoir of a family. Mario Kiefer combines historical notes with a family narrative in a way that brings the family’s stories, thrills and fears to life. The plot focuses on two things. The first is the struggles of the individuals with their own self esteem and sexuality. The second is the relationships between parent and child, the individual and society and their relationship, or lack of, with God.
The book spans the years 1905 to 2011. It
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Melinda H
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If This Is Us started in the early 1900’s


This beautifully and poetically written story will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will break your heart. You follow Corrado and Violetas family through multi generational stories. The tidbits about history and the struggles of specific moments in time we're a nice touch. It made the story insightful and intriguing. It definitely lead me on a few Google searches for more information. While the history and the layout and the grammar of the book we
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Kim  Graham
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dog-eared
What else could they do?

As Dr. Phil says, "no matter how flat you make a pancake, there are always two sides." This is a perfect analogy for this book. The story follows three family members through life changing events including divorce, death, and abuse and how each person's experience influences their lives, their choices, and their views of each other. The story begins with the marriage of two immigrants, one Italian and one Mexican in Texas and follows the family as it expands. The meat of
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the-librarian
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a part of a series. I read one of the follow-ups to this novel a while ago (The Ordinary Sin). I enjoyed that one so much I decided to give this one a go. I’m glad that I did.

Like the last book I read in the series, this story is rich with detail and drama and has the intensity that can only be found in long-term, familial relationships. The characters are not just props in this story and feel fully-formed. The plot is not difficult to follow but in no way is it ever boring.

Lucia an
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Joanne Bilodeau
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I like that the author put a little bit of backstory type of history at the beginning, I always like books that do that, to me, it is very interesting and i love books with a little historic stuff in it. It was sad that Corrado lost his father with such brutality. I liked the very descriptive information Corrado told the readers about his time in the U.S. Army and his part in the battles he fought. Some of the book reminded me of the life I had and have had in the past. It gave me chills when I ...more
Jennie Rosenblum
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is anyone ordinary?  While this book says it follows the lives of three ordinary people, I believe that ordinary is like normal – it all depends on your perspective.  Normal is a state of mind, and the same could be said for ordinary. Having read the second book by this author Ordinary Doll and was blown away, I really looked forward to reading this, his first book.

What I found engaging about the book was the different views of the same events from the three main characters in the book.  It can
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Sue
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Something special

The Ordinary Life, by Mario Kiefer says it is a fiction book based on real events that follows the lives if ordinary people. But as you read you quickly perceive the irony of the title as the characters lives are not ordinary. Or not ordinary in the sense of how one might consider an uneventful life. I think the author wants us to observe and see that everyone's life is meaningful and great in it's own way. We are all shaped by the events that make us and everyone has hardships,
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Julia Walker
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kiefer takes you on the roller coaster of life with all of its ups and downs, twists and turns, joys and tears. Sometimes it is hard to even read and yet there is an underlying current of hope that never ends. Beginning with the families first immigrants into the States in the 1800’s, this book takes you on a historical journey of one family from Mexico up into 2017. Working as itinerant farmers, having large families to help out with the work, moving from place to place until one day, one of th ...more
Mary Scott
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Must Read

There is much wisdom and truth in this story. The ending was unexpected but appropriate, and it is a fun way to review history from my own lifetime, as well as before. The story relates how the times impacted people specifically. One of the most enjoyable parts is how you see the same events from different perspectives: mother, oldest brother, and 2nd born. The insights from Mama Lucia and Mateo could teach a psychology, sociology or philosophy class.
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