I was in the mood for a bit of whimsy so I picked up a copy of “Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquirel. After devouring the book in a single sitting, I’m once again inspired to use elements of “magical realism” in my own fiction.
It’s a story about the narrator’s great-aunt Tita during turn-of-the-century Mexico. Tita is the youngest daughter of Mama Elena (a tyrant!) and destined not to marry. Family tradition dictates that the youngest daughter must remain at home to care for her aging mother until her ultimate death.
IMO, this was a an enjoyable book to read, even if it was rather short. If you want to know more, here is a link to an excellent review by Rebecca Reads: http://reviews.rebeccareid.com/like-water-for-chocolate-by-laura-esquivel-giveaway/
Now I need to get back to Alma Katsu’s “The Reckoning”. I can’t wait to find out what will happen when Adair finds Lanny <shudder>.