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One Year of Ugly

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Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: March 5th 2020 by The Borough Press
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Paromjit
Caroline Mackenzie's offbeat debut novel certainly makes one heck of an impression and is bone-achingly funny about the most serious of issues, the horrors that underpin the global refugee crisis. Some might question whether it is appropriate to treat the desperate and despairing plights of so many in the world with such humour but Mackenzie succeeds in throwing much needed attention on and highlight a topic many would prefer to avert their eyes from. The Palacious family have left the political ...more
Marie (UK)
I received a copy of this book via net galley in exchange for an Honest review.

i found it a very difficult book to get into, I restarted it at least 3 times and still had no idea what I was reading. The author says she was writing with humour , I can only say that our idea of humour must be very different as there was nothing remotely funny about this book. Illegal immigrants under appalling duress due to financial difficulty. Made to do things they would never contemplated. Attacked with iron
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Becky Kearns
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was funny and witty and also eye opening, and made me more aware of a situation I hadn’t been before. I loved the characters and the scene setting and I’d definitely read more of Caroline’s work!
Caroline Kerdouci
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
One year of ugly is a wickedly hilarious tale of a year in the life of the Palacios family. Full of dark humour with brilliant one liners,the author tackles a serious issue, that of illegal immigrants trying to live life under the radar of the authorities . Somehow despite the wit I didn’t feel the author was trivialising the subject and to bring the plight of this group of people to the attention of a wider audience in such an entertaining way should be applauded.
The Palacios family are illegal
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Ritu Bhathal
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
It took me a little while to get into this book, but once I was in, I WAS IN!

We are swept into a year in the life of the extended Palacious family in Trinidad. Venezuelan by birth, but living in Trini as illegal immigrants. The story is told from the view of Yola, one of the daughters of the family.
They all get caught up in a drama caused by illegal undertakings organised by Celia, Yola's deceased aunt, and are introduced to Ugly, a not very nice character, with his fingers in all the wrong
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Nic
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I utterly adored this book. There lies at the heart of it a serious tale of exploitation and refugees but it is told as a comedic and incredible tale in the year of the Palacio clan, mainly focusing on daughter Yola but weaving in a lovable and diverse wider family. It’s rare that I laugh out loud at a book but did frequently at this gem. A little reminiscent of the superb My Sister The Serial Killer in terms of dark humour, I would highly recommend it.

With thanks to Netgalley and Harper
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Ailin
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid 3.5 stars - an entertaining read that tells a story that needs to be told - that of the plight of illegal immigrants fleeing Maduro’s Venezuela for Trinidad. The Palacios family is messy and slightly nutty and disfunctional and caring and just like any other (middle-class) family, except they are undocumented and thus have the status of “other” - oh and owe a “debt” of servitude to the local trafficking crime lord. But the author infused their “year of Ugly” with plenty of humour.
Annarella
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the funniest book I read in some time and I found it engrossing and entertaining.
The author is a talented storyteller and I loved the description of the family and how she developed the plot.
I loved the style of writing, the colourful and well thought characters, and the well crafted characters.
I look forward to reading other stories by this author.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Angelique
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a great first book. There’s too much going on here, which got in the way of the heart of the story. This is my only complaint. It started off strong, I kept highlighting lines and laughing at the Aunt character. But the flow was off, as there was the love interest stuff and the writing, the huge family, them all getting different ‘illegals’. I liked learning about Venezuela- my goodness, I had no idea. It’s an interest back drop. And it picks up and runs at the end. But for the ...more
Tish
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book. It was a different read, I’ve not mead many similar books *this is good ;)*
I was desperately flipping pages to see how it was all going to pan out. It was well rounded off but I could have continued to read. It was fantastically written. I’ll for sure be on the lookout for more from this author in the future and I hold hope that this isn’t over
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