Clap When You Land
In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal's office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.
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And then I read the synopsys and my mind is like:
"Damn, this would probably be great on audiobook format, but maybe I'm just picturing this as an Elizabeth Acevedo type of thing."
And then I looked up to actually see who wrote this.
I swear to god you can *smell* this woman's talent.
I can only say the way she writes all these verses in her books are so painful but at the same time so enchanting because she knows and describes how Dominican culture is and how the young Dominican generation suffers.
So... I just gonna say to Elizabeth: Dale pa' allá vieja y gracias por decir tantas cosas que nos callamos.
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I was hesitant at first to read The Poet X due to it being in prose, and I felt like I would not enjoy reading that since I don't really like poetry. But I read the first couple of pages while in Barnes and Noble, and was completely blown away. So I absolutely cannot wait to read another book from this author, especially one in prose. This is definitely one of my top books to read in 2020!!!
The Poet X was masterful.
Clap When You Land, I think, goes even further.
It’s a story of tragedy that unlocks secrets.
It’s a story of two sisters who were not aware of the other’s existence.
Papi had two lives.
Papi has two daughters.
Papi was a man split in two,
playing a game against himself.
But the problem with that
is that in order to win, you also always lose.
It’s a love letter to the Dominican Republic and to New York’s Dominican communities.
It’s a study of ...more
Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for an advanced copy of this novel. All opinions are, as always, my own.