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Patricia Engel's interlinked stories about a young Hispanic woman named Sabina grab you from the very first sentence: "This morning after you left I stayed in bed a long time trying to remember the moment when we both knew what was happening." "It was the year my uncle got arrested for killing his wife, and our family was the subject of all the town gossip." And in this debut fiction, there is no letdown after those lead-ins. "What makes Sabina's coming-of-age story so compelling," noted a New York Times critic, "is the arresting voice Ms. Engel has fashioned for her; a voice that's immediate, unsentimental and disarmingly direct." Editor's recommendation.