Friday, October 15, 2021

The Five Wounds

Resonance. Life is messy. We often know what we need to do but don’t have a clue how to do it. We find ways to escape or cope with what life throws at us. All those aspects of life resonate in Kristen Valdez Quade’s debut novel titled, The Five Wounds. We spend a year in New Mexico with the Padilla family and observe how they take the next steps in their lives. Quade describes their outer lives and discloses the inner lives of a fascinating cast of characters. We find hope and despair, love and loss. We accompany the family in their pain and wonder with them when the suffering will finally end. We also laugh and watch redemption and resilience play out while life continues to stay messy. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The Five Wounds from

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