Sunlight and Shadow

Sunlight and Shadow

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by Sue Boggio, Mare Pearl
     
 

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An acclaimed first novel by two award-winning New Mexico writers, Sunlight and Shadow is a story of family, friendship, and what it really means to have hope.

"Everything is going well for San Diego restaurateur Abby Silva. She is four months pregnant, and her husband Bobby is finished with his last tour as a Navy submariner, but their happiness is interrupted by a

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An acclaimed first novel by two award-winning New Mexico writers, Sunlight and Shadow is a story of family, friendship, and what it really means to have hope.

"Everything is going well for San Diego restaurateur Abby Silva. She is four months pregnant, and her husband Bobby is finished with his last tour as a Navy submariner, but their happiness is interrupted by a brutal robbery, followed by Bobby's father's sudden death. Bobby and Abby's mixed marriage angered their families. Her wealthy white parents disowned her after she married a Hispanic, and Bobby's father felt that his son was denying his heritage. Now Bobby wants Abby to have the baby in the tiny New Mexico town of Esperanza where he grew up so she can experience the feeling of 'La Familia,' where everyone helps one another. Abby reluctantly agrees, then Bobby mysteriously disappears. The neighbors gather around to help, and new entanglements ensue in this wonderful first novel by two talented authors who vividly bring to life the beauty of New Mexico and its people."-Booklist

"Sue Boggio and Mare Pearl are vivid and sensual writers. From raising goats to making tortillas, life on a farm in Esperanza is beautifully described. Sunlight and Shadow captures the complexities of rural life in New Mexico and presents an intriguing mix of Anglo and Hispanic characters. The plot is fascinating and the characters are well developed. It's a wonderful book."-Judith Van Gieson

"Filled with emotion. A real winner of a story."-Tony Hillerman

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Culturally inclusive, generally stilted debut tale of friends and family in New Mexico. Abby, successful San Diego restaurateur and daughter of WASPs, is happily pregnant and madly in love with husband Bobby, whose flashing dark eyes and excitable way of talking confirm the obvious: he's Hispanic and she isn't! Their passionate couplings are described in awkward metaphor (". . . their skin tones reminded her of vanilla fudge swirl ice cream"), while dark hints of family trouble are dropped like bricks: Bobby's father, Ricardo, never really recovered from his wife Magdalena's death, and then when Bobby joined the Navy at 16-well, things were never the same. Back to the restaurant: relaxing with her staff after the last customer leaves, Abby feels a richly deserved sense of contentment. Life is perfect. Nothing can go wrong. Uh, oh. Mean punks burst in, rob the place, and knock Bobby over the head. But he's okay, and life will probably go on being almost perfect. Then the phone rings. Bobby's father has died. Should they move to New Mexico and accept his legacy (a house) or sell it and stay in San Diego? Bobby longs for his unborn child to be raised as he was, in a close-knit community. Abby thinks it over for about five seconds, and they return to a magical land of sun-drenched vistas peopled by a bewildering array of earth mother types, wise old hippies, Native American sages, and traditional healers, all of whom seem to know everything-except why Bobby has suddenly vanished. Befriended (sort of) by grumpy Rachel, who raises goats, Abby does her damnedest to make sense of it all. Eventually, Bobby's cousin Santiago provides crucial information about the disappearance-having to do with thedisputed ownership of a house, decades of seething resentment, unresolved sibling rivalry, and other melodramatic complications. Long-winded, rather confusing first novel-complete with discussion questions in the back. Agent: Sandy Choron/March Tenth

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451211101
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Sue Boggio and Mare Pearl grew up together in Iowa and have both worked in health care in New Mexico. Sue Boggio lives in Albuquerque. Mare Pearl lives in Bosque Farms, New Mexico.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have read in a long time. I did not want it to end. I love New Mexico, so it was wonderful that most of the story took place there and I could see, smell, and feel the landscape because the authors did so well at their descriptions. I also feel that the characters also were so true to the people who live there - at least, as far as my own experience. I experienced this friendship - and total acceptance from strangers I had just met there - my family were treated as though we were also family and I immediately felt at home. This is why I fell in love with this story. It was a story of people who love and accept others so easily. The characters become a huge extended family even though many of them are not related at all. The story is a mytery, too, and while I felt fear and worry for the person missing, I also felt that the people involved had a very strong support system to help them with what was happening. It was a wonderful story (even though it had the mystery that was throughout the story) and I did not want it to end. I hope these two are already working on their next book - I will be watching for them!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have bought both books but would not recommend the books to my friends.  When one writes a book appropriate research needs to be done.  New Mexicans are not Mexicans many are Spanish.  When you allude to New Mexicans who are Conversos you are speaking about Spaniards.  I f you have read any of the books which you reference you would have noted that the identified Conversos are in fact  Spaniards as are most of our ancestors.  I find it very interesting that you were not alerted  to this error by Corrine Armijo.  Out of stators frequently make this mistake then wonder why their books don't sell.