Over Thanksgiving break, I finished reading Chin Kiss King by Ana Veciana-Suarez's. The novel is set in Miami with flashbacks to Cuba; I loved how the author brought nuances of growing up in a bi-cultural environment. The story is about a woman who gives birth to a handicapped infant and how this ties her with her mother and grandmother. The inter-generational relationship is very moving. Some of the conflict that comes between mothers and daughters is tied to the aspects of Cuban culture that each tries to keep and each dismisses. There is discussion of pregnancy, birth, and loss. It made me think about the wishes we have for our kids, how we cope when they do not turn out as expected, and how we evolve was parents. In fact, I was so touched by the story that I started crying on my plane ride back to Seattle. I had to ask the flight attendant for a tissue who looked very alarmed. I explained that I was reading a very moving tale.
This is also my fourth book for the Armchair Traveler Reading Challenge. I have two finish two more books for it by the end of December; I am not sure if I am going to make it with exams right around the corner. Here's hoping that I do and then I can be eligible for prizes.
Recommend to a friend: YES!