From the author of Moxie comes a stunning novel told in three voices about the lies families tell to survive. Every year, summer begins when the Callahans arrive on Mariposa Island. That's when Elena Finney gets to escape her unstable, controlling mother by babysitting for their two children. And the summer of 1986 promises to be extra special when she meets J.C., the new boy in town, whose kisses make Elena feel like she's been transported to a new world. Joaquin Finney can't imagine why anyone would want to come to Mariposa Island. He just graduated from high school and dreams about going to California to find his father and escape his mother's manipulation. The Liars of Mariposa Island follows siblings Elena and Joaquin, with flashbacks to their mother's experience as a teenage refugee fleeing the Cuban revolution. Jennifer Mathieu's multilayered novel explores the nature of secrets, lies, and fierce, destructive love.
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by Jennifer Mathieu
"A trio of narrators lures listeners into a complex portrait of a part-Cuban family in 1980s coastal Texas. Exploring first loves and past traumas under the overprotective eye of their mother, Carrie, teenagers Joaquin and Elena ping-pong between obedience, provocation, and fantasy. Mathieu's characters are complex in their secrecy, and the narrators bring an enthralling genuineness to their performances. Curevo's Carrie is filled with longing, bitterness, and hurt. Liatis and Barillas convincingly voice their young characters' motivations. Each character's passions are keenly felt, making their emotional reveals quiet and powerful. This intimate listen will leave listeners feeling truly connected to the Finney family and their desire to live with life's blessings and its disappointments. E.A.N. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"
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