All Ana Ruiz wanted was to have a traditional quinceanera for her
daughter, Carmen. She wanted a nice way to mark this milestone year
in her daughter's life. But Carmen was not interested in
celebrating. Hurt and bitter over her father Esteban's departure,
she blamed Ana for destroying their happy family, as did everyone
else. A good man is hard to find, especially at your age Ana was
told. Why not forgive his one indiscretion? Despite everything, Ana
didn't want to tarnish Carmen's childlike devotion to her beloved
father. But Ana knows that growing up sometimes means facing hard
truths. In the end, Ana discovers that if she's going to teach
Carmen anything about what it means to be a woman, it will take
more than simply a fancy party to do it...
"Belinda Acosta's Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz delivers all its
title promises and more: it's a book about damas of all ages, from
teenage girls to the struggling mothers of those teenage girls;
it's packed with drama so you don't want to stop reading; it's a
novel that deeply and honestly tells the story of Ana Ruiz, her own
coming of age as a woman and as a mother. Belinda Acosta is up to
all of the challenges of such a rich panorama of characters and
events. She's sassy, she's smart, she makes it look easy! But it
takes a lot of hard work and a pile of talent to write such an
engaging, touching book. A wonderful quinceanera of a novel!"
--- Julia Alvarez, author of Once Upon a Quinceanera: Coming of
Age in the USA and Return to Sender
"Lively and perceptive... Acosta empathically captures the
innermost feelings of her characters."
Grand Central Publishing
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