Lupita's hard-knock life has gotten the better of her time and time again. A childhood robbed of innocence set off a chain of events that she still has not managed to control, no matter how hard she tries. Every time she thinks she has a handle on things, unexpected turns make her question everything, including herself. When Lupita witnesses the murder of a local politician whom she greatly admires, the ghosts of her past resurface as she tries to cope with the present. She quickly falls back into her old self-destructive habits and becomes a target of Mexico's corrupt political machine. As the powers that be kick into high gear to ensure the truth remains hidden, Lupita finds solace in the purity of indigenous traditions. While she learns how to live simply, like her ancestors, she comes to understand herself and rediscovers light within a dark life. And if there is hope for Lupita's redemption, perhaps there is hope for Mexico.
by Laura Schlessinger
by Laura Whitcomb
by Laura Childs
by Laura Shovan
by Laura Lippman
"Mexican author Laura Esquivel, best known for LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE, brings listeners the story of Lupita, a recovering alcoholic and low-level cop. Narrator Roxanne Hernandez confidently pronounces both Spanish and Mayan terms in delivering this novel. When Lupita witnesses the murder of a local politician, she's drawn into a complex plot involving drug dealers, political corruption, and separatist indigenous communities. Hernandez doesn't successfully vary her pacing and tone enough to differentiate between the exposition and narrative. In addition, her sweet, youthful voice is not a good fit for Lupita, a troubled and angry character with a dark past. The mismatch is jarring, and, ultimately, both the performance and the novel fall short. E.C. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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