July 2021 Book of the Month for Roxane Gay’s Book Club
From an award-winning storyteller comes a stunning debut novel following one family’s extraordinary year of love and sacrifice. Named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2021 by Oprah Magazine, The Week, The Millions, and Electric Lit.
The characters in this engrossing novel are created in luminous and memorable detail… By concentrating on the truth of small moments, has brought a whole world into focus ~ Colm Tóibín, author of House of Names
Exquisite precision about the fragility and resilience… Reminded me that growing pains are not confined to adolescence, and that people can be newborn at any age ~ Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!
The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade
It’s Holy Week in the town of Las Penas, New Mexico, and thirty-three-year-old unemployed Amadeo Padilla is to play Jesus in the Good Friday procession. He is preparing feverishly for this role when his fifteen-year-old daughter Angel shows up pregnant on his doorstep.
Vivid, darkly funny, and beautifully rendered, The Five Wounds spans the baby’s first year as five generations of the Padilla family converge: Amadeo’s mother, Yolanda, reeling from a recent discovery; Angel’s mother, whom Angel isn’t speaking to; and Tío Tíve, keeper of the family’s history. In the absorbing, realist tradition of Elizabeth Strout and Jonathan Franzen, Kirstin Valdez Quade brings to life the struggles of her characters to parent children they may not be equipped to save.