Sabrina and Corina
A book review
These words and stories were so beautiful that I wish I could see them. I wished I could hold them in my hand but alas, #BabyDavey has put a damper on my reading time so I am limited to audiobooks.
I have been exploring more books written by Latinx authors and I think I have found a genre that I like. Where I thought I was restricted to Magical Realism written by authors like Marquez, Allende, and Urea, I am finding that I am enjoying anything written by Latinx authors or about Latinidad.
I think a big part of why I enjoy it so much is familiarity. The language, the food, the slang, the guilt from a mother or abuela, or the attitude of a young primo or prima all reminds me of my family and life as a Latino.
Reading the works of Latinx authors is like attending a family reunion and Sabrina and Corina is no different.
“I have experienced enough Cordova deaths to know one pot was filled with green chili, another with pintos, and the last one with menudo. Deaths, weddings, birthdays — the menu was always the same.”
If you feel the above quote, then you know what I’m talking about.
What if you are not Latinx? Well, are you a young woman (or have been in the past) who is enduring some sort of struggle? I bet you there is a story in Sabrina and Corina that you can relate to.
If you are a fan of well-written prose in general, I think you’ll enjoy these stories.
Having lived in Colorado and the Denver area for a couple of years, there was a little added bonus of familiarity.
I will be following this author for years to come. I am a fan and I look forward to more of her work.