The Affairs of the Falcóns
A stunning debut novel about a young undocumented Peruvian woman fighting to keep her family afloat in New York City
Ana Falcón, along with her husband Lucho and their two young children, has fled the economic and political strife of Peru for a chance at a new life in New York City in the 1990s. Being undocumented, however, has significantly curtailed the family’s
Ana and Lucho Falcon, along with their two children, have fled the unrest of 1990s Peru for New York City; however, they are undocumented. This means they have far fewer opportunities to create a better life.
Ana works long hours for little pay at a factory and owes a loan shark money. In addition, she and her family are living with Lucho’s cousin, and the welcome mat is being worn thin. The spare room ...more
Unsettled, desperate and heart wrenching, this story takes us into the lives of one undocumented immigrant family. Afraid to go home and afraid to stay, the Falcons are left living off family, struggling to find work, learning the language, avoiding crime and fitting into their new world. Turning to a loan shark Ana fears her undocumented status, along with the horrors she ...more
This novel was unrelentingly depressing. There might have been two instances which didn't make me feel anxious or sad.
The dialogues are the best thing about The Affairs of the Falcóns. Rivero has an ear for the way in which people speak, for rendering with terrifying realism those fraught and tense pauses that fill an argument or a conversation, and for depicting the hesitancy that might make its way into one's words.
On the other hand, I found Rivero's prose and her characters to be ...more
• an immigrant story with so much realness
• flawed characters - all of them
• Ana - MC is faced with difficult decision after difficult decision. But she doesn’t need your sympathy or pity.
• 1990s Peru - NYC everyone is try to make their own way
There’s a real dearth of books about undocumented Spanish-speaking immigrants in the United States. I read in large part to learn about other people’s experiences, and this is a community that’s so nearby and yet so foreign to most Americans. I think what I really want is a popular ethnography – something like Just Like Us, but more representative; something like Two Dollars a Day, but about undocumented immigrants – but memoirs, and fiction by people who know what they’re talking ...more
A blurb on the back of the book calls The Affairs of the Falcóns "a book we urgently need now", a take which I very much agree with as I sit here turning the final page.
A woman and her family's immigration journey from a dangerous conflict-ridden Peru to a vibrant New York City in the early 1990's: all of their heartaches, their disappointments, their paranoia, their ...more
There was a lot of telling in this novel, instead of showing. Even with that though, some of this was beautifully written. I liked the authors use of words as times. I liked this one, but I didn't love it....so 3 stars.
The Affairs of the Falcóns was a difficult read for me to review, in the sense that I felt I understood what the author was trying to relay to readers, however the message didn’t impact me the way I think was intended.
In the novel, the Falcóns are illegal Peruvian immigrants who are trying to provide a better future for their children. Main character Ana is a wife with a ...more
It is delightful to be surrounded by so many colorful cultures at work, I've learned a bit about culinary preferences, different meanings for some words, rooted expressions, etc. Truthfully though, I haven't got the chance for deeper discussions when it comes ...more
Thanks to Ecco and Harper Collins for providing an advanced ...more
I wanted to love this one but I did not. Maybe it is case of "me", but the overall the book fell flat for me. The Affairs of the Falcons follows the lives of the Falcon family, Peruvian by birth, they are currently living and working in New York. Some of the Falcons are documented, majority, specifically Anna, her husband and her two children are undocumented. Ana ...more
“AFFAIRS OF THE FALCÓNS” by @melissarivero_ is a wonderful work of fiction that empathetically bridges the stories of Latinx immigration to America with the realities one undocumented family faces once arrived in the U.S. I’ve read many stories surrounding immigration, but this one most dramatically placed me in their shoes, especially as a woman and mother; one cannot possibly fault the choices Ana Falcón has to make to endure “The American Dream”. This Peruvian family’s story acutely humanizes ...more