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"A finely rendered story of a multigenerational Latina family overcoming individual setbacks and tragedies." -- Shelf Awareness for Readers "Far from the cholos and maids of a cliche Latino Los Angeles, these beautiful Amado women dine at chichi hotels and restaurants, carry plush designer bags, and steer new cars into suburbias. But Zamorano doesn't leave it at that--because even an American dream-fulfilled life is still full of real life, and what alone endures is family."--Dagoberto Gilb, author of Before The End, After The Beginning "Desiree Zamorano's first novel explores a world of Latinas that belongs to her alone. Such originality predicts a notable career in the world of fiction. The author's voice is true, and her stories feel real."--Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama and Georgia Bottoms "What's it like reading Zamorano's debut novel? Take three wildly divergent sisters, a worrying mother, and an electrifying city. Blend in the heartache of marriage and an arsenal of secrets. Serve to all your comadres with a jalapeno twist."--Stephanie Elizondo Griest, author of 100 Places Every Woman Should Go "From its shocking opening to its dream-like ending, Desiree Zamorano's The Amado Women dishes out secrets, lies, and hurts as fast as we can gobble them up." --Hometown Pasadena "Stunning, original, beautiful, mesmerizing... It's a fast paced, emotionally-packed tale that will captivate readers from the start."--Latina Book Club "A haunting, well-crafted story from a novelist at the peak of her powers."--The Rumpus "Zamorano says she wanted to portray the life of "the invisible Latina," but this novel will appeal to ... readers of any ethnic background who enjoy a fast-paced story with lots of family drama and strong characters who overcome bad relationships and the other adversities life hands them."--Library Journal "This is spot-on writing from Zamorano...The Amado Women is an important work because its women, like many others, pay a price for leaving home and seeking their versions of success ... But daughters do return, and at its conclusion the novel seems to suggest that we will eventually find that we value and embrace every part of ourselves more than before we first left."--Vickie Vertiz, Los Angeles Review of Books

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Desiree Zamorano is a playwright, Pushcart Prize nominee, and novelist. She is the director of the the Community Literacy Center at Occidental College; she also collaborates with InsideOut Writers, a program that works with formerly incarcerated youth. She lives in Pasadena, California. The Amado Women is her first trade-published novel.

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Fast-paced drama about modern Latinas 9 Aug. 2014
By Petrea Burchard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
From its shocking opening to its dream-like ending, "The Amado Women" dishes out secrets, lies, and crises as fast as we can gobble them up.

In fact, so many crises occur in "The Amado Women" that almost anything I can say is a spoiler. I picture the author at her desk, saying to herself, "Okay, how can I make things worse for this character?"

Don't let the title mislead you. The Amado women have men in their lives. They're some of my favorite characters in the book. And every time they enter the scene, the temperature goes up (in different ways).

Oh--and I almost forgot to mention, these women are Latinas.

I'm tired of seeing Latina maid after hooker after desk cop in the media. There are sophisticated Latinas all around in this here 21st century. The Amado Women are individuals. Don't you dare stereotype these Latinas "fiery."

The Amado women are family first. They are women next. They are Latinas, too, and this is part of the story but it's not THE story. These are the women in my community, they're my friends. And although their heritage matters, what matters most to them is each other.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good Read, but predictable ending 3 Sept. 2014
By Viridiana Word - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was a good read, I actually found myself relating to some of the characters. However, I felt as though it was a bit shallow--there was not much to their back stories. Granted, there were some shocking plot twists, but I also did not really feel as though there was a concrete moral, as it ended abruptly and predictably. Nevertheless, this is something good to get sucked into when you want to unwind and just lose yourself in a story without having to think too much about it later. I'd recommend it to women who want a quick beach read.
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Compassionate, smart, and gripping! 23 Aug. 2014
By I'm Jackson Street - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Whew, what a ride! The plot grabs you from the first lines, and barely lets you go. Such compassionate, smart writing, with vividly drawn characters. Even if you don't identify with the Amado Women, I'm sure there's a character in this book you will identify with. And, having grown up in Southern California, it's a pleasure to recognize familiar locales. You can read previous reviews for a synopsis, but your time would be better spent reading The Amado Women. In short, unputdowneable!
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I love stories where place is 12 Aug. 2014
By Margaret - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A family drama. The interwoven stories of a mother, her three adult daughters and secrets that both bind and separate them. This is also a Southern California story, with much of the action occurring in Pasadena. I love stories where place is, itself, a kind of character, and this was definitely true in The Amado Women, where the physical environment heightens tone and tension in a sort of noir-ish way. One of my favorite books this summer!
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By Heidi Stevenson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Once I picked up this book I couldn't put it down! I felt like something in each character's personality spoke to a part of me so that I felt instantly that I too was an Amado woman.

It was easy to root for them and I didn't want to leave them behind when the book was over......I wanted more!

I highly recommend this book and hope for future works by Ms. Zamorano.
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