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The CaregiverO a young woman dying of stomach cancer It’s here that she begins to grapple with her turbulent past and starts to uncover vital truths about her mother herself and what it means to truly take care of someone Told with vivid imagery and subtle poignancy The Caregiver is a moving and profound story that asks us to investigate who we are as children and parents immigrants and citizens and ultimately humans looking for vital connectivity. 35 stars The first thing I have to say is that I am deeply saddened by the death of this author I had no idea he passed away last year from stomach cancer This was a good one Can't believe it was the last one I read by Samuel Park A true loss to us readers

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Entire world They take turns caring for each other in ways big and small Their arrangement begins to unravel when Ana becomes involved with a civilian rebel group attempting to undermine the city's torturous Police Chief who rules over s Rio de Janeiro with terrifying brutality Ana makes decisions that indelibly change their shared life When Mara is forced to escape she emigrates to California where she finds employment as a caregiver t. 4 mother daughter starsMy reviews can be seen here Alencar is everything to her daughter Mara She is the provider the one who supplies endless love and the one who makes a mistake that will impact not only herself but also her daughterBrazil is in turmoil There are rebel groups student revolutionaries and an aura of danger of persecution and death that inhabits everyday Ana is a voice over actress scrapping enough together to just get by but she makes life happy and loving for her daughter They are each other's rock their port in a storm their reason for living They are each other's caregiversHowever Ana is forced to make a decision a choice that will impact everything moving forward and will eventually force her daughter Mara to escape to emigrate to America where she will once again be a caregiver to a woman dying of cancer The memories for Mara return and she finds herself in another caregiver environment once again not of her choosingTold with emotion this book explores the intricate to and fro between mothers and their daughters I do have to say that Mr Park got this relationship just right We love our mothers but at times that tenuous line does break and we find ourselves not understanding how this relationship hit upon rocky groundI definitely recommend this book for the way in which it presented not only a relationship but the times that brought that relationship to its difficult conclusionThank you to Samuel Park who tragically died of stomach cancer at the age of forty one Simon and Schuster and NetGalley for providing this book to me for an honest review

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CHARACTERS The Caregiver 107 Å ❮Read❯ ➲ The Caregiver Author Samuel Park – From the critically acclaimed author of This Burns My Heart comes gorgeous emotionally wise tale about a daughter who unearths the hidden life of her enigmatic motherMara Alencar’s mother Ana is the From the critically acclaimed authorFrom the critically acclaimed author of This Burns My Heart comes gorgeous emotionally wise tale about a daughter who unearths the hidden life of her enigmatic motherMara Alencar’s mother Ana is the moon the sun the stars Ana a struggling voice over actress is an admirably brave and recklessly impulsive woman who does everything in her power to care for her little girl With no other family or friends her own age Ana eclipses Mara’s. The book begins in California in the 1990’s when twenty six year old Mara Alencar an undocumented immigrant from Brazil is a caregiver to an affluent woman with stomach cancer In these early pages I found Mara’s reactions to America fascinating and so enlightening as she tells of all of the things she has been surprised about in the ten years she has been in America The narrative describes these things for several pages how much is free here public bathrooms so many cars that single women could be friends with married women that it wasn’t okay for husbands to beat their wives how everyone could eat at restaurants that not everyone was white grandparents lived separate from their grandchildren that there were no words for certain things and so much in these pages This gave me a perspective that I uite honestly had not given much thought about how strange things here might seem to an immigrant Mara as an immigrant is only one facet of the story This is a multilayered story which covers a number of themes in a cohesive way We are soon taken back to her childhood in this well written first person narrative taking us to Copacabana Brazil in the 1970’s when she was eight years old It’s in this time and place that we get a glimpse of the unconditional love of a mother for her daughter as her mother Ana gets caught up in a political scheme with a police chief who tortures people and the dissidents the rebel guerrillas Ana is a voice over actress who will do what it takes to provide for her daughter even putting herself in danger A horrific event takes place before Mara’s eyes and over the years Mara’s view of what happened and her mother’s role is never clear for her She loves her mother and at the same time believes the worst about her There is yet another layer here with Mara’s role as a caregiver How Kathryn deals with her illness is poignantly described and is even impactful knowing that Samuel Park knew of which he wrote dying of stomach cancer after this novel was written It’s a captivating story about many things not the least of which is a mother’s love for her daughter and a young woman coming to terms with the past I received an advanced copy of this book from Simon Schuster through NetGalley