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The Sisters of Alameda Street by Lorena Hughes
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Malena was raised by her doting grandmother and loving father in a city in Ecuador. Both revered the memory of her mother and taught her to honor her memory. After Grandma’s death, it is just her and her mathematician father. Imagine her shock when she comes home from nursing school to find her father has committed suicide. Alone she goes through his things and finds that her mother may not be dead and her father appears to have been blackmailed. Heedlessly she boards a bus to the address on an envelope looking for her mother whose initial is A in a small town in the Andes.
When she arrives at the house she is mistaken for an errant relative Lili and despite some misgivings, Malena goes along with the misunderstanding. This is where the book starts to resemble a French Farce. Mistaken identities, complicated relationships, grief, hope, deception, pride, and layer upon layer of secrets create a dizzying tableau as Malena tries to discover who her mother might be in a house where four women live whose name starts with A. As days and weeks pass she wonders how she will solve her mystery and how the family will forgive her for her deception.
The Sisters of Alameda Street is a tightly woven family drama where even the secrets have secrets. The strands of the story are all over place until they are snapped and align as if the family is waking up from a decades old dream. Suddenly alert they see that their dreams are within their grasp.
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April 12, 2017 – Shelved
April 12, 2017 – Shelved as: family-matters
April 12, 2017 – Shelved as: grownup-books
April 12, 2017 – Shelved as: high-school-and-beyond

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