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Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 90: Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez

“Lies have short legs.”

That is the opening sentence of Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez.  Camila Hassan says this proverb and opens a window into her double life as an Argentinian high school student by day and a Futbol player known as Furia after school.  Camila has kept her secret of playing Futbol from her parents and in the shadow of her brother, Pablo. He is a good player and has ambitions of turning pro. Camila’s parents will not allow her to play Futbol and want her to excel academically and become a doctor.  However, she has dreams of playing in the United States for the best women’s soccer league.

Camila plays on a local team that qualifies for the South American tournament. This tournament will bring much needed notoriety for her and the rest of the team.  However, when Camila’s first love, Diego Ferrari, returns to town as an international Futbol superstar, it complicates her life.

She is trying to juggle these various aspects of her life before they all crash down on her.  Of course, the unavoidable happens and Camila has to make a major decision if she truly wants to fulfill her dreams as Futbol player.  The truth of her secret life is revealed to her parents and the consequences of that admission turns violent.

Mendez tells a thought-provoking story about the importance of never letting go of one’s dreams, despite the opposition from those who are the closest to you.  Also, she does an excellent job with pulling me into the world of Argentinian Futbol and gets me to care about most of the characters.  Camila, Diego, and her mother are the characters I connected with the most throughout the novel.

Furia is an excellent first novel by Yamile Saied Mendez and I’m looking forward to reading more stories from her in the future.

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 89: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I’ve had my eye on Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s work over the past several years. I downloaded her first novel, Signal to Noise, on my Kindle a couple of years ago and her fourth novel, Mexican Gothic, I have seen throughout social media recently.  Moreno-Garcia’s work has been popular for some time. Gods of Jade and Shadow… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 60: Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

What if your family tried to keep their connection to a powerful magic away from you? What happens when you find out that your family is connected to that magic for years? Sierra Santiago learns about her family’s connection to a powerful magic in Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older, the first book of the Shadowshaper… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 58: Alburquerque by Rudolfo Anaya

One of the great joys of reading fiction is when you get a novel that makes want to read on after you finished it.  There are a lot of novels I have enjoyed reading, but once I close the book or eBook (these days) then I’m done with it.  Well, Alburquerque by Rudolfo Anaya is… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 57: Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera

Signs Preceding The End of The World by Yuri Herrera is the first novel about the US-Mexico Border I can remember reading.  I read Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy years ago but it did not deal directly with the current issues about the border. This book came to my attention during the controversy surrounding the novel… Continue Reading

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Tuesday September 15th begins the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  Hispanic Culture will be celebrated here in America until October 15th.  Obviously, a month is never a long enough time to honor any ethnic group’s contribution to American society. I will leave that to others who are more qualified than me to write and discuss… Continue Reading