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Vigil: A Novel

2 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Cecilia Samartin

Samartin's disappointing latest (afterTarnished Beauty) queasily alternates between past and present, as Ana, tending to her dying lover, reflects on the events that have brought her to this point. Samartin is at her best dealing with Ana's harsh childhood … see full wiki

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Author: Cecilia Samartin
Publisher: Washington Square Press
2 reviews about Vigil: A Novel
review by . August 20, 2010
After losing her family members in a brutal massacre in an El Salvador village, Ana is sent to live in an orphanage run by nuns and priests. Forging a connection with one of the nuns, Sister Josepha, she decides that her future lies in returning to the U.S. and becoming a nun herself. When local guards attack the orphanage, Ana escapes with Sister Josepha and the two enter the United States.      Following the path she established for herself, Ana graduates from high school and …
review by . October 25, 2009
This is a story that kept me reading, a cast of characters that made me care, and a plot line that was engrossing. Some of the characters were too good to be believed, and some were too bad, but I could overlook the flaws for the story, which had a good heart. I read it quickly and easily, over the course of several days. The main character, Ana, lets you into her inner thoughts, from her childhood traumas in El Salvador, to her adult struggles in California. You can't help but end up rooting for …
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