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The Righteous and Very Real Housewives of Utah County by Miguel Santana

08 Mar

The Righteous and Very Real Housewives of Utah County

The Righteous and Very Real Housewives of Utah County
by Miguel Santana
 
Paperback, 390 pages
Published October 25th 2012 by Alligator Press
Rating: 3/5 Stars 
 
 
Description:
The Righteous and Very Real Housewives of Utah County tells the stories of Emma Harris, a passionate seventy-year old Mormon widow and the women around her: the wives of the Pratt family. Following the structure of Like Water for Chocolate, the book is divided into twelve chapters, each beginning with a Mormon-themed recipe. The ways in which the six protagonists cope with the pressures of living a righteous life are revealed in the context of their culinary traditions. Set in Utah’s most conservative county, Miguel Santana’s elegant prose paints a human portrait of six women determined and troubled, vulnerable and yet spirited. The novel is enchanting and honest with touches of magical realism and raw eroticism, a story that talks about the longing for family, the resilience of the human spirit, and the superlative courage it takes to love unconditionally, a novel that reveals that, ultimately, no one is without sin.
 
 
Review:
***This copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***
 
 Not a novel I would normally chose to read but…. 
 
It’s well written with some real laugh-out-loud moments and many more deep moments that cause you to think. The characters have depth and personality and you get glimpses of their growth throughout the book.
 
The author did a great job telling an interesting story of a family matriarch in a struggle with her children based on the choices she makes late in life.  There are so many layers to this book that it’s impossible to know what you’ll get out of it until you read it.
 
 
-Ana @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

 

 

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