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  • Posted June 9, 2010

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    Torn Between Family & World

    Try to Remember is a beautifully written, haunting story of a girl torn between caring for her immigrant mother and father--neither is facile in English and her father suffers from a mysterious mental impairment of which her mother is ashamed--and her dreams to soar higher than her parent's aspirations for her (in school, in love, and in her someday career)

    This conflict causes her to question her loyalty to her family as it collides with fealty to her own future. Page turning, poetic, and achingly true--I highly recommend this wonderful book that captures time, place and the plight of a child of immigrants.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

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    Iris Gomez
    Grand Central Publishing
    $13.99 - Paperback
    350 pages
    Reviewer: Annie Slessman

    As a debut novel, TRY TO REMEMBER, by Iris Gomez does not have the "feel" of a first publication. The story is of a young girls struggle to keep her family intact as their father battles a mental illness. Gabriela, the main character of this story, is given the responsibility by her parents to meet their every need without question. She is constantly pressed into service to type and correct her father's ramblings on a daily basis as he scribbles his meaningless letters to everyone in the hope of getting back the millions he feels he is owed. Who owes this money and the fact that there is no money to recover makes Gabriela's job even harder for her to comprehend.

    Her family demands strict obedience to their rules and requests. Gabriela who is somewhat Americanized, vacillates between understanding what is the "right" thing to do about the demands of her parents. Her father segways from calm to violent and takes his violence out on anyone who happens to be in his line of vision at the time of his "attacks." Gabriela and her brothers try desperately to get their mother to aid them in dealing with their father's violence and her reaction is one of trying to ignore the problem in the hope that it will go away eventually.

    This book is a study of Miami's Spanish community, family relationships, and the fears of those who have immigrated to the United States and the views of a growing teenager. Not to be dismissed, this work is worthy of a reader's time.

    Iris Gomez is an immigration lawyer and law school lecturer. She currently lives in the Boston area with her family.

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  • Posted December 9, 2012

    I read Try to Remember by Iris Gomez, published by Grand Central

    I read Try to Remember by Iris Gomez, published by Grand Central Publishing. The main character in my book was a young girl named Gabriella. She used to live in Cuba, until her parents immigrated to the United States. Her family consists of four members, her mom Evangeline, her father Roberto, and her two younger brothers Pablo, and Manalo.
    Gabriella is just a young girl who has moved to the United States when she was only 13 years old. She has to help out her father by fixing his papers so he can find a job. He writes in Spanish and in English so the papers don’t make any sense. When she fixes them she hopes that they will reply but they never do. Roberto has some anger problems, and he comes up with all of these crazy money schemes. None of them ever work though because nobody wants to help him with his schemes.
    When Roberto first gets a job with the help of his hermano (brother).Sadly Roberto gets fired his first day on the job. He had a nice job sweeping at a tailors shop, and he got mad at one of the customers. He started yelling and he insulted the customer so he was fired. Gabriella now had to find him another job. She had to write his insane letters and look in the newspapers for new jobs every day. At one point she got very tired of having to retype all of his papers that made no sense at all, so she told him that she had too much homework to.
    I really liked this book because it related to my life in some ways. For instance, my brother is like Roberto in some ways because he gets mad very easily. At first when I started the book I didn’t think that I was going to finish it because it was very slow. After a while it started to go at a faster pace so I really got into it. I learned some new Spanish vocabulary from this book because it was a book that was partially in Spanish and in English. I had to look up many words and sentences such as mi’ja which means daughter. I would really recommend this book to some people because it is a good book and it can relate to most people’s lives for some parts of it.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    An excellent read!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm always drawn to the cover for some reason,good or bad.I don't judge them I just find it interesting.Now I got this book because of the summary,it was romantic,funny,sad,and all around amazing.If you haven't read it yet,you should!

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