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The Resource The caregiver : a novel, Samuel Park

The caregiver : a novel, Samuel Park

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The caregiver : a novel
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The caregiver
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a novel
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Samuel Park
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eng
Summary
Mara 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 entire world. They take turns caring for each other--in ways big and small
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  • At 26, Mara is the titular caregiver for a lonely woman in her early forties with stomach cancer, who insists she’ll bequeath Mara her exclusive Bel Air home upon her impending death. Mara is already too familiar with loss, having grown up in Rio de Janeiro as the only child of a chimerical single mother, Ana, for whom she was as much caretaker as she was taken care of by her. While surviving under Brazil’s military dictatorship, Ana’s talent for movie voice-over work gets her hired by a rebel group for a risky mission. What follows will haunt Mara always, precipitating her eventual escape to California. In alternating sections marked by Mara’s different ages, Park’s (This Burns My Heart, 2011) tale hauntingly examines the codependent mother-daughter bond amid complicated layers created by the pursuit of truth. Beyond the affecting pages, Park’s own April 2017 death of stomach cancer at 41 is a somber factor. The inclusion of his New York Times essay, “I Had a 9 Percent Chance. Plus Hope,” at the book’s end makes this an especially melancholic experience. -- Terry Hong (Reviewed 8/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 22, p13)
  • This moving posthumously published novel by Park (This Burns My Heart) examines the relationship between a mother and daughter after years of mutual misunderstanding. Ana, a voice-over actress, struggles to provide for her six-year-old daughter, Mara, in late 1970s Rio de Janeiro. Desperate for money, Ana takes on a dangerous job with revolutionaries seeking to overthrow the corrupt police chief. What immediately transpires remains opaque to Mara—and to the reader—but it becomes apparent to Ana that she must separate from her daughter to save her from retaliation. Mara, with the help of her mother, escapes to California and years later finds work caring for a woman who’s dying of stomach cancer. During their time together, Mara begins to understand Ana in new ways as she considers her role as a caretaker. Although the story occasionally lacks believability—particularly surrounding the plot against the police chief—readers will relish the wistful yearning that Park evokes. This beautiful novel is a moving meditation on the mutual dependence and unbreakable bonds of family. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed 08/13/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 33, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A young Brazilian woman arrives undocumented in Los Angeles, where she becomes a home caregiver for a patient who dredges up painful memories of her mother. When Mara Alencar is 8 years old, her mother, a voice-over actress, is drawn into an anti-government plot that will change their lives forever. Mara knows Ana Alencar is "beautiful because of the way men on the street turned to stare at her," but she is also an uncanny actress willing to scrap for their family of two. Ana's determination to put food on the table leads her to accept a dubious job acting for the student guerrillas—a con meant to lure the loathed Police Chief Lima from his post. Park (This Burns My Heart, 2011, etc.) weaves the terrifying story of Ana's mission with Mara's new life in America, decades later. Mara struggles to fly under the radar as an undocumented caregiver in Los Angeles, where her primary patient, Kathryn, suffers from stomach cancer. Kathryn's fear of dying while still in her 40s blurs the boundaries between employer and employed, the living and gravely ill. At a party, Kathryn even introduces Mara as her adopted daughter, telling another guest, "I didn't want to raise a child, but I wanted one to take care of me in my old age." Park himself was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2014, in his 30s, and died shortly after finishing this book—making this his final novel. It's a beautiful testament to his extraordinary talents as a storyteller. In prose that rings clear and true, Park shepherds his characters through the streets of Copacabana to the posh hills of Bel Air. This is an elegy that reads, in some moments, like a thriller—and, in others, like a meditation on what it means to be alive. "It's not because I love to dance, or because I'll miss the music of Bono, or because I haven't been to Vienna yet," Kathryn says of her desire to live. "There's no why I want to stay. I just do." A ferocious page-turner with deep wells of compassion for the struggles of the living—and the sins of the dead. (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2018)
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Park, Samuel
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3616.A7436
LC item number
C37 2018
Literary form
fiction
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  • Family secrets
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The caregiver : a novel, Samuel Park
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22 cm
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First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
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269 pages
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9781501178771
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2017044640
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The caregiver : a novel, Samuel Park
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text
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  • txt
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on1051773753
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22 cm
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First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
269 pages
Isbn
9781501178771
Lccn
2017044640
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1051773753

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