JOC's second novel tells the coming-of-age story of a Puerto Rican girl living in the suburbs of San Juan in the 1950s. A bookish adolescent, Consuelo must face the challenges posed by her parents’ crumbling marriage and her younger sister’s descent into mental illness. In a starred review, Booklist said, “Cofer combines the timeless clarity and moral imperative of folktales with the timely wit of keen social criticism in an absorbing portrait of a smart and compassionate young woman…” The novel was received the Americas’ Prize in 2003.

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2003

Genre: young adult lit

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