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The Amado Women: August 2014 Book of the Month

August 2014 Book of the Month: Désirée Zamorano, author of The Amado Women, published by Cinco Puntos Press

August 2014 Book of the Month: Désirée Zamorano, author of The Amado Women, published by Cinco Puntos Press

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About the Book:

The Amado Women by Desiree Zamorano

The Amado Women

Cinco Puntos Press
By Désirée Zamorano
Published by Cinco Puntos Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-935955-73-3

Mercy Amado raised three daughters and became a teacher with little help from her drunken, philandering husband. Now she watches helplessly as those sisters drift apart as adults. Investment manager Celeste and artist Nataly barely speak; Sylvia lives in wealthy suburbia with an abusive Anglo husband. When Sylvia’s marriage crumbles, the Amado women test the strength of their family ties.

The Amado Women is the story of four very different women, linked by birth struggling to reconnect. Mercedes Amado has raised and watched her three daughters grow into women. Celeste, fiercely intelligent and proud, has fled her youth and family in Los Angeles to financial independence in San Jose. Sylvia has immersed herself in the world of her two young daughters, while Nataly, the baby, waits tables in an upscale restaurant by night and works on her textile art by day.

Four women struggle for their piece of the American Dream, but will it evaporate when confronted with family tragedy?

About the Author:

Desiree Zamorano

Désirée Zamorano

Désirée Zamorano is a playwright, Pushcart Prize nominee, and novelist. She is the director of the the Community Literacy Center at Occidental College; she also collaborates with InsideOut Writers, a program that works with formerly incarcerated youth. She lives in Pasadena, California. The Amado Women is her first trade-published novel.

Désirée Zamorano’s newest novel, The Amado Women, is about four women linked by birth, separated by secrets of sex, money and death.

She delights in the exploration of contemporary issues of injustice and inequity, via her mystery series featuring private investigator, Inez Leon. Human Cargo was Latinidad’s mystery pick.
Modern Cons is a story of psychological suspense where she explores the reverberations of being raised by a con artist.

A Pushcart prize nominee and award-winning short story writer, Desiree is also proud of having co-authored with her sister two plays commissioned by southern California’s Bilingual Foundation for the Arts. “Reina” and “Bell Gardens 90201” received Equity productions and toured for a total of eight years.

“Désirée Zamorano is a writer to watch.”
—Dianne Emley, L.A. Times bestselling author

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