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The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters

 
 
 
 
The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters
Author: Lorraine M. López
ISBN 13: 9780446699211
ISBN 10: 446699217
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: 2008-10-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
List Price: $12.99
 
 

When the four young Gabaldn sisters lost their mother, it was Fermina, the old Pueblo caretaker living in their house, who held them together with her love and protection. Upon her death, she promised the girls they would each receive a special gift, selected just for them. And as time passed, what she bestowed—hands that can heal, a skill for spinning stories, the ability to incite laughter, and the power to curse others—emerged bringing both blessings and tragedy. Now, twenty years later, unsure of whether the woman who had loved them so was a fairy godmother or a witch, the sisters delve into the patched and woven history of their family. Here shadowed secrets wait patiently to be released into the light...to show the gifted Gabaldn sisters not only who their guardian really was, but the truth about themselves.

Library Journal

The four GabaldA n sisters were named by their mother Bette Davis, Loretta Young, Rita Hayworth, and Sophia Loren. However, their mother died young, so rather than be raised to emulate movie stars, they were raised by Fermina, their elderly Pueblo housekeeper, with mysterious mystical rituals, promises, curses, and gifts. The sisters tell their stories in turn over a period of 20 years, from 1966 to 1987; their narrations are interspersed with Works Progress Administration reports from the 1930s about Fermina. As the girls grow up, they wonder more and more about their family's and Fermina's mysterious unhappy pasts and about Fermina's dying gifts. Occasionally reminiscent of the novels of Cristina Garcia and Sandra Cisneros, LA pez's book presents a lively, loving Latino family. LA pez's Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories was awarded the Independent Publishers Book Award for Multicultural Fiction and the Latino Book Award for Short Stories; she has also published Call Me Henri , a novel for young adults. Includes reading group guides in English and Spanish. Highly recommended for public library collections.-Mary Margaret Benson, Linfield Coll. Lib., McMinnville, OR