A FALL 2018 HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SELECTION BY * PEOPLE * O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE * ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY * VULTURE * CHICAGO TRIBUNE * THE MILLIONS * FAST COMPANY * SEATTLE TIMES * ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH * BOOKPAGE * BOOKRIOT * CONDE NAST TRAVELER * "[A] luminous mother-daughter saga."-ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY "Lovely and heartbreaking."-PEOPLE "A beautiful testament to [Park's] extraordinary talents as a storytellerA ferocious page-turner."-KIRKUS REVIEWS (STARRED REVIEW) From the critically acclaimed author of This Burns My Heart comes a gorgeous, emotionally wise tale about a daughter who unearths the hidden life of her enigmatic mother. Mara Alencar's mother Ana is her moon, her sun, her stars. Ana, a struggling voice-over actress, is an admirably brave and recklessly impulsive woman who does everything in her power to care for her little girl. With no other family or friends her own age, Ana eclipses Mara's entire world. They take turns caring for each other-in ways big and small. Their arrangement begins to unravel when Ana becomes involved with a civilian rebel group attempting to undermine the city's torturous Police Chief, who rules over 1980s Rio de Janeiro with terrifying brutality. Ana makes decisions that indelibly change their shared life. When Mara is forced to escape, she emigrates to California as an undocumented immigrant and finds employment as a caregiver to a young woman dying of stomach cancer. It's here that she begins to grapple with her turbulent past and starts to uncover vital truths-about her mother, herself, and what it means to truly take care of someone. Told with vivid imagery and subtle poignancy, The Caregiver is a moving and profound story that asks us to investigate who we are-as children and parents, immigrants and citizens, and ultimately, humans looking for vital connectivity.
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"Park's novel tells a beautiful story about relationships, politics, understanding, and forgiveness. Narrator Cassandra Campbell portrays Mara Alenca, whose story is told over multiple time periods. The audiobook begins in the early 1990s, when Mara is 26 and working as an undocumented caregiver in California. Campbell powerfully narrates Mara's life, including flashbacks to her childhood in Brazil when her single mother, Ana, is trying to find her way amid the brutality of the military dictatorship in power at that time. The novel explores the risks people take to protect those they love and the life-changing consequences of those actions. Park creates a powerful picture of the impact of our closest relationships and a compelling look at the complexities of the immigration experience. K.S.M. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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