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The Affairs of the Falcns
The Affairs of the Falcns: A Novel | Melissa Rivero
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A stunning debut novel about a young undocumented Peruvian woman fighting to keep her family afloat in New York City Ana Falcn, along with her husband Lucho and their two young children, has fled the economic and political strife of Peru for a chance at a new life in New York City in the 1990s. Being undocumented, however, has significantly curtailed the familys opportunities: Ana is indebted to a loan shark who calls herself Mama, and is stretched thin by unceasing shifts at her factory job. To make matters worse, Ana must also battle both criticism from Luchos cousinwho has made it obvious the family is not welcome to stay in her spare room for much longerand escalating and unwanted attention from Mamas husband. As the pressure builds, Ana becomes increasingly desperate. While Lucho dreams of returning to Peru, Ana is deeply haunted by the demons she left behind and determined to persevere in this new country. But how many sacrifices is she willing to make before admitting defeat and returning to Peru? And what lines is she willing to cross in order to protect her family? The Affairs of the Falcns is a beautiful, deeply urgent novel about the lengths one woman is willing to go to build a new life, and a vivid rendering of the American immigrant experience.
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BookNAround
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I‘m pretending I don‘t have a million trillion unfinished books on my bedside table right now and I‘m picking this one up to start instead of diving back into the others.

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Pickpick

Whew! This story kept me on toes and then broke my heart... A beautifully written story.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A family of immigrants in New York in the 1990s deal with issues of money and work and housing.

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Affairs of the Falcns | Melissa Rivero
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This book is devastatingly beautiful. It is a hard read but for those who can handle it, it is worth the pain. This is Rivero's debut novel and I look forward to following her writing career. I expect this book will be included in 2019's book awards and I hope it does very well.

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readordierachel
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Looking forward to this story of a Peruvian family who emigrate to NYC in the 1990s and the challenges they face. #immigrantsong

#maymoviemagic
@Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

Cinfhen I don‘t think I‘ve read any Peruvian fiction. Im curious to hear your thoughts when your done. Happy Mother‘s Day 💕 5mo
readordierachel @Cinfhen Happy Mother's Day to you too! 💚 5mo
vivastory This one sounds really interesting. Happy Mother's Day! 5mo
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merelybookish I have this from the library but don't know when I'll get to it! 5mo
readordierachel @vivastory Thanks, Scott! 😊 5mo
readordierachel @merelybookish It sounds good doesn't it?? And @Redwritinghood liked it, so I have high hopes 😁 5mo
Redwritinghood @readordierachel @merelybookish I liked it. It was bleak, but well done. 5mo
rohit-sawant Fascinating! A little late but Happy Mother's Day! 5mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks, Rohit! 😊 5mo
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A powerful book about the choices we make and a look into the hardships of being an undocumented immigrant in America. This book is depressing but well-written with great character development.

#NetGalley

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TheNerdyProfessor
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Do you think I went overboard on my book buying this weekend? 🤔

ravenlee Not if you can still climb out from under the pile! 6mo
Emilymdxn Beautiful edition of Virginia Woolf! 6mo
Melissa_J No such thing as going overboard when it comes to buying books 😉 6mo
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DaveGreen7777 Not at all! In fact, you showed more restraint buying books than I would have! 😂 6mo
Butterflyamore No, actually. Not at all! I think you are a very normal book lover! 6mo
Birdsong28 Never 😂📚📖 6mo
LiteraryinLititz Hugo Best is on my list too. Can‘t wait to hear what you think! 6mo
Redwritinghood Not at all! 6mo
TheNerdyProfessor @ravenlee @Redwritinghood @Birdsong28 @Butterflyamore @DaveGreen7777 @Melissa_J @Emilymdxn I appreciate all your support 😂😂 Sadly, if I buy any more books, I won't make it on the plane. 6mo
Librariana It's a book blanket! Love it 😊💜📚 6mo
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TheLibrarian
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1. Tagged for NetGalley (I‘m so far behind) and Melmoth
2. My parents are coming for the weekend to celebrate Easter so no reading time for me.
3. No!
4. Lana or Winston. If we are talking fantasy, then Lauranthalas
5. ❤️❤️❤️

#friyayintro

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FeministBookClub
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Last change to enter the giveaway! bit.ly/FBCgiveaway7

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Redwritinghood
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Fleeing violence in Peru in the 1990s, Ana and her family live as undocumented migrants in NYC. Every day in her life is a struggle. Financial struggles occupy most of Ana‘s life, but there is also the struggle to come to terms with her mother and father‘s deaths and learn to trust anyone but herself. This is not a feel-good story, but it does highlight the determination and hope of some immigrant families. Great writing/dialogue. 3.5⭐️ #hoopla

TheLibrarian I‘m currently reading this! Although it‘s taking me a little longer because I want to understand the Spanish parts. 6mo
Redwritinghood @TheLibrarian How are you liking it so far? 6mo
TheLibrarian @Redwritinghood So far so good but I‘m only 20% in. 6mo
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FeministBookClub
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New podcast episode is live, featuring an interview with Melissa Rivero, author of the gorgeous new book The Affairs of the Falcóns. Search Feminist Book Club on your favorite podcast app or stream directly from www.feministbookclub.com/the-affairs-of-the-falcons

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Liberty
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Happy Saturday! No picture of my book nest this weekend, as I am sick in bed, but I wanted to share my current read and what I hope to read. Books about the Celtics in the 20th century are in my wheelhouse! Like, seriously, if I was chasing you and you threw a book about the Celtics at me, I would have to stop and read it. ALL YOUR CELTICS BOOKS ARE BELONG TO US. 😂 What are you reading this weekend? What subjects are in your wheelhouse?📚❤️📚

GondorGirl We have the same rug! 😍 7mo
cobwebmoth Hope you feel better soon! 7mo
Liberty @GondorGirl I bought three. I am obsessed. 🦄 7mo
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Liberty @cobwebmoth Thank you! 7mo
Desha Wishes for a fast recovery! My current fascination is Russia...modern day and Tolstoy and even Napoleon! It‘s so fun to get caught up in a certain topic! ❤️📚 7mo
GondorGirl @Liberty I have two. They're so bright and cheery (and don't show cat fur too badly)! 7mo
Dragon Hope you feel better soon! 💐 7mo
aeeklund Hope you feel better soon! My wheelhouse: books with lush, gorgeous writing, books-within-books, snarky heroines, found family, magical doorways. The book I‘m reading now is hitting all of these, and I‘m in heaven. 7mo
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FeministBookClub
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It‘s so hard to find time to read when your schedule is full. I‘ve been taking a little time in the early mornings to get a chapter or two in. When do YOU read?

JacqMac Whenever I can squeeze it in. 📖 7mo
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