Saturday, December 21, 2013
Flowers In the Sky, by Lynn Joseph
What Nina finds is that life in Washington Heights (where all the Dominican immigrants live) is nowhere as easy as her mother thinks it is. It's a rough life and it takes a while for Nina to make friends and find a place. A young man named Luis with a secret past captures her heart but Darrio doesn't like him and won't explain why. Meanwhile, Darrio has secrets of his own and Nina realizes that the beautiful life of the USA comes with dangers and a dark side.
All of which probably makes the story sound cliche. However, there's a gentleness and honesty to the book that makes it stand out a bit. Nina acclimates to her new environment, but maintains a strong sense of self and a strong moral center (loyalty, beauty, and love) that make her interesting as a person. The story ties up sweetly in the end, but with just enough messiness to make it believable. A good read.