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Woman of Light

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I love the fact that this book is based in Denver, Colorado. I can see where they are because I live here. I’ve never been able to experience that before and I hope I get to again! With that being said, I have stopped reading this book at 49% because I find myself only continuing with this book for the sole purpose of Denver. There’s nothing else that’s grasping my attention. No suspense. Nothing thrilling or romantic. If feel at the halfway point of a book, there should be more than one reason to want to keep reading. I am finding none. So I have DNF’d this book.
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This was an engrossing story, the writing is lyrical and you are drawn into the complexity of the characters as much by what they reveal, as by what they don't.  I found it hard to put down.  I connected with the characters and enjoyed the strength and determination that was evident throughout, by more than just a few of them.  There are hardships, discrimination, and things that are overcome that are things people are still encountering and overcoming today.  

I would absolutely recommend this book, and will read more from this author in the future.  I appreciate the opportunity to read and review by the publisher.
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Thank you for the opportunity to read this novel. I had trouble getting into it and did not finish. I won't be leaving a full review.
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What a wonderful historical fiction novel! I love learning about new cultures and different time period.s. The story of Luz and her ancestors was fascinating. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the advanced copy.
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Woman of Light is a historical fiction multi-generational novel of a group of Chicano Women in 1930s Denver, Colorado and prior years in The Lost Territory. Part coming-of-age, part love story, I loved following Luz "little light" Lopez's story. The story of her family lineage was full bodied, atmospheric and full of strong female protagonists, as well as topical themes. Not only this a story of the Lopez women, but also of the hate and discrimination Latinx folks faced in the early 1900s. Luz feared for her brother's life after he was run out of town because he was associating with a white girl. Luz works as a receptionist at a law firm by a fellow Greek immigrant who takes on a high-profile case involving the murder of a young Latinx boy at the hands of white supremacists. The story was completely engrossing.

Very well written!
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One of my favorite books of the year! I will read anything Kali Fajardo-Anstine writes but WOMAN OF LIGHT is a masterpiece. Fajardo-Anstine has a way of writing settings in such stunning detail that it feels like I'm there. These characters felt like family (even better knowing they were inspired by her own relatives!). What a triumph.
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This took me a month to read....but I'm still glad I read it. 

Woman of Light is a beautifully written novel about a Mexican-American family over three generations. I found myself lost a lot because it wasn't told in a linear timeline and over multiple generations. This caused me to read it super slowly, which only made me forget what was going on... which added to the cycle.

I still recommend this book as Kali Fajardo=Anstine can WRITE a story. But save it for when you're looking for a beautiful character driven novel. 

Thank you NetGalley and Random House, One World for the galley.
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Beautifully written story of one family's struggle and love through multiple timelines.  Luz has the gift of sight through reading tea leaves, she sees danger with her family and also seen what happen in her family history.  Can she save her family for what is coming next? A great coming of age story of wanting to be loved but also be her own women, 

She realizes what she wants and what the world around her does not want to diversify. Her brother Diego is forced to leave his family to protect them.  "Diego said, "Our people never been this far north before, where I am headed." "Maybe you'll like it better" "Shit, I still miss the Lost Territory. That's our home. Everything else is edges."

This book kept me engaged with wonderful story telling, I felt like I was there with Luz and her family. I was sad when the story ended, I wanted more from this family.  Can't wait to read more from this author.

Thank you to NetGalley and Random house for gifting me this book for my honest review.
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The past is never truly the past.  I loved the Lopez family.  
Many thanks to Random House Publishing and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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This is my first book to read by this author but I cannot wait to read more by them! This is such a uniquely written story that you will find yourself thinking about long after you finish it. Highly recommend!!
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A beautifully written multi-generational family saga.  Pidre, is abandoned outside of the adobe of "The Sleepy Prophet" as a baby.  Luz "Little Light" Lopez is the grandaughter of Pidre, who is now living in a very segregated part of Denver with her aunt, Marie Josie, and her brother, Diego.  The story flips mainly between Pidre and Luz's story with occasional chapters from other family members.  

Pidre must make a life for himself once the sleepy prophet dies.  He decides to buy an outdoor theatre and entertain the people of Pardona.

Luz and her family are trying to make ends meet in Denver where they are not welcome.  Diego performs snakes shows, Marie Josie works in a mirror shop, and Luz does laundry for the wealthy Denver residents. With all their money pooled, they still cannot afford the rent on their small, rundown apartment.
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I feel like it isn't fair for me to rate this book so I'll give it a middle of the road three stars, but I found it very hard to follow along and stay engaged while reading. I was really looking forward to this one because I loved her previous short story collection.
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A descriptive western epic of sorts, this mystical story was a reasonably easy and beautiful read.

MV Rating: 6/10

*Set across multiple time frames, and with many supporting characters, Luz receives visions of her family's past journeys through time on the western frontier.
*As with many westerns, the terrain and overall feel of the story is purposely bleak - but the scenic descriptions of the land and Luz' family kept me engrossed from the beginning. 
*Although I found the time jumping to be somewhat confusing, as it wasn't immediately obvious how the characters were connected, each "jump" reads like a detailed vignette; you really get the impression of looking through doors into each time frame before jumping to the next.
* I was so impressed with the descriptive nature of the author's writing style - you really feel like she's writing in her own history here, and think fans of "The Ballad of Love and Glory" will also find this to be a quick favorite!
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Forthcoming review from Library Journal. But in the meantime, I'll just say that this was... a bit disappointing. Feels like its building to a fever pitch, a simmering pot of a novel that builds tension and then turns off the burner. Just kind of falls into its ending with little shape or force. A lot of good stuff here, but eh.
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Luz is an unforgettable character; Fajardo-Andstine's writing is beautiful and the women in her stories come alive. There were minor characters that weren't fleshed out enough for me to follow their stories with the same care.
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#Review - Woman of Light ✨ 

This story follows five generations of an Indigenous Chicano family American West. 

It breaks my heart to say that this one disappointed me. The story, characters, setting — all so special and had so much potential, especially the 1930s chapters. What lost my interest was the writing style and the strength of the connection between the time periods. It felt very jumbled. Thank you to the publisher for my copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Wowowowow this was absolutely stunning. It took me a second to get into the story, but after I did I could not put this book down. It is something extremely special and resonant.
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Really, really beautiful. More westerns about indigenous people and women and POC!! I’d never read a saga like this set in the American West and it really hooked me and wove together all the plot lines  beautifully.
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What a refreshing piece of work. Five stars!

Fajardo-Anstine takes the reader on a multi-generational trip through the plight of indigenous people in Denver in the early 20th century. Parts of the book were heart breaking, of course, as much historical fiction in America is. I really felt like this was a fresh perspective that hasn't been over done in current media. I wish some of the storylines were covered in a little more detail, but I feel like that happens sometimes in multi-generational stories.
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Given the place in time we are in society, I did have some trouble reading this. It felt very heavy in places. The characters came off the page and I felt very connected to them. Which is also why it was difficult. I loved the writing and story.
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