The collection of short stories set in the Americas are fairly raw, depicting the
struggle of immigrants wanting to find a secure home in a foreign land, hankering for
not just the food of their cultures but even the sights and smells of something as
simple as a river or sea. The ones leftbehind seem to want to get out for a better
life not always economic. Some of them were running away from complicated lives involving
crime, drugs, family rifts without an end in sight.
All of the characters want to make good. Either financially and for many having stable
relationships - finding love with one person then sadly finding their hopes dashed when
a brighter competitor emerged, invariably with more to offer. The ladies seemed to like to
gamble with love, hoping that this relationship will be the lasting one. The men
predominantly took full advantageof what was on offer, reading the signs well, then
moving on to a more profitable partner. Most took the disappointment well, almost
looking at it as their fate with a stoicness which was very sad.
Each story dealt with a hard life in many ways, and each story was both moving and precise
in its description.
Sent by Avid Reader Press for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.