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It's Holy Week in the small town of Las Penas, New Mexico, and 33-year-old unemployed Amadeo Padilla has been given the part of Jesus in the Good Friday procession. He is preparing feverishly for this role when his 15-year-old daughter, Angel, shows up pregnant on his doorstep and disrupts his plans for personal redemption. With weeks to go until her due date, tough, ebullient Angel has fled her mother's house, setting her life on a startling new path.

Vivid, tender, funny, and beautifully rendered, The Five Wounds spans the baby's first year as five generations of the Padilla family converge: Amadeo's mother, Yolanda, reeling from a recent discovery; Angel's mother, Marissa, whom Angel isn't speaking to; and disapproving Tive, Yolanda's uncle and keeper of the family's history. Each brings expectations that Amadeo doesn't think he can live up to.

The Five Wounds is a miraculous debut novel from a writer whose stories have been hailed as "legitimate masterpieces" (New York Times). Kirstin Valdez Quade conjures characters that will linger long after the book's conclusion, bringing to life their struggles to parent children they may not be equipped to save.

©2021 Kirstin Valdez Quade (P)2021 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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yes!

Solid grasp of northern new mexico hispanic/Latino culture. diologue is SPOT ON and readers accent was pretty good. Poignant story about teen pregnancy. 5 stars great book! best I've read in a long time.

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The narration sucks

Let's start with a narrator who mispronounces names and places in the story. Not good. Next he drones on, killing the already not particularly exciting storyline. Then, there is nothing about his voice, or attempts at variation that connect the listener to the place. Valdez-Quade has done an exceptional job of portraying Northern New Mexico and the Española Valley in particular. (I live here.) The characters are entirely accurate. Setting details - spot on. To allow a dull, ethnically devoid voice to convey her book is most unfortunate. I'm glad I read the hardcover first.

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Beautiful novel, authentically performed

Bravo to Gary Tiedemann for so authentically voicing this novel. It's quite refreshing to have a bilingual narrator take on stories with Spanish words and phrases: I don't know why this isn't standard practice. He even nails it when a character says "umberrrss" which, as far as I know, is an only-in-New-Mexico thing.

Performance aside, this is a gorgeous, big-hearted, beautifully written story about one flawed and stressed out family in the Española Valley. As someone who grew up in northern NM, it rings very true. I read the author's short-story collection from which this novel sprang, and highly recommend that as well. Can't wait for more from her, she's the real deal.

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Hard story to read., The characters were amazingly resilient but I found myself getting anxious as they kept making what I would consider bad decisions. Asi la vida es.

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The Inner Dialogues Bring Depth to the Human Condi

Valdez Quade's skill at developing characters through not only their actions, but their thought filled reactions, as well as those around them says so much about the human condition and what is not said in our relationships. The author communicates such a strong, sense of place and culture. I was in the small New Mexico town with the characters and while their circumstances could not be more differen than mine, their challenges, their values, their joy in family are universal. We make so many choices in life, yet the big choices we make are what we choose to think about them. We see and hopefully understand the roots of how we come to thinking in such different ways about an event, such as a teenage pregnancy.

The thoughtful reader will look beyong this wonderful narrative and think about their own choices, reactions and thoughts. I know I do.

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Kirstin Valdez Quade, one of the greats

In my humble opinion, ‘The Five Wounds’ (2021), announces Kirstin Valdez Quade as one of the good if not wholly exceptionally gifted and graceful Catholic and humanist novelists.

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Compelling and authentic

This is a beautifully told story of flawed humans. Characters are vivid and feel completely real. Even though the lives are riddled with problems and main characters keep screwing up, everyone is portrayed with compassion. A great story line too, that unfolds perfectly. Good reader.

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Kind of depressing.

We chose this for our book club book. And I found the storyline and the characters to be desperate and predictable.

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Wonderful book and easy to listen to. Great narration enhances characters. The character development is well thought out.

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Brilliant and Deep Story!!!

This book was extraordinary!!! I loved every word and each character. Based on a small extended family near Espanola, New Mexico. Brilliant!!! This author truly channeled each character in detail with pure genius and depth. Narration by Gary Tiedmann is pitch perfect ~ great feeling for each and every character. I am surprised that this book hasn't risen up on Audible ~ considering how much cookie cutter books are popular. I have listened several hundred books ~ I would put this in my top 10. Give it a try, stick with it, you will be rewarded. Kirstin Valdez Quade is incredible!!!

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