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The Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse
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bookshelves: audiobook, hoopla, around-the-usa, location-usa-california, read2020

I've been accompanying major home cleaning projects with audiobooks so my dogs and I both listened to this one, a novel of connected stories from different points of view, most of them from the traditionally Mexican neighborhood of Echo Park, displaced by Dodger Stadium and surrounding gentrification. Strong voice, great in audio, a few racist terms that are uncomfortable but probably accurate for the characters using them.

“There is no elegy for those who have been dispossessed of their anger.”
(Yo Soy el Army)
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Reading Progress

June 21, 2010 – Shelved
January 2, 2020 – Started Reading
January 4, 2020 –
99.0%
January 4, 2020 – Finished Reading
January 7, 2020 – Shelved as: audiobook
January 7, 2020 – Shelved as: hoopla
January 7, 2020 – Shelved as: around-the-usa
January 7, 2020 – Shelved as: location-usa-california
January 7, 2020 – Shelved as: read2020

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Jessica Haider I've been attempting to re-org/declutter my house while listening to audiobooks. I am listening to Sometimes a Great Notion right now, which is 30+ hours. I have an uphill battle with this house though living with 3 slovenly males. :p


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Melissa This book sounds like it is similar to Tommy Orange's "There There," i.e., multiple characters giving voice to an ethnic minority that predates the current white majority culture that marginalizes them, a violent incident that affect a community, etc. Have you read TT? If so, how did they compare?

Also, yes to listening to audio books while Marie Koodo-Ing the heck out of mountains of belongings which must, in your case, also include stacks of books!


Jenny (Reading Envy) Melissa wrote: "This book sounds like it is similar to Tommy Orange's "There There," i.e., multiple characters giving voice to an ethnic minority that predates the current white majority culture that marginalizes ..."

Yes, definitely similar to There There, in fact now I wonder if it is an influence. I want to say it is more realistic than where TT headed except one of the characters thinks she's seen the Virgin Mary and that has all sorts of ramifications for the other storylines....

Marie Kondoing indeed... I had a deadline so in my case I just crammed the books sitting around onto the shelves and not in my usual organized fashion... that needs to be a project soon! Just when you think you have it all wrangled....


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