Short Take: The Precious One – Marisa de los Santos

This one is classic de los Santos territory–an intimate contemporary story of half-sisters coming to terms with each other in the wake of their narcissistic father’s heart attack.

There is a reason that de los Santos’ family dramas are bestsellers. Full of heart, insightful and funny, Kirkus calls her writing “comfort-food” stories. Library Journal expands, “The author writes engagingly and creates complex and lovable characters who carry the story. Readers of character-based fiction with heartwarming, hopeful endings…will love this one, too.” No surprise that this is an Indie Next Pick for April.

If the charming, witty characters and more than one ‘love gone wrong’ weren’t enough to carry this novel, then the gorgeous writing would. Navigating the intricacies of family dynamics while crafting beautiful sentences are the hallmark of de los Santos’ writing, and this novel is yet another example of ‘the one you want all of your friends to read Right Now!’ Curl up, keep the tissues handy, and enjoy!”
— Jessilynn Norcross, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, MI

“The slow fracturing of each sister’s perception of the other and the strong three-dimensional characters are exceptionally well crafted….[the]characters’ journeys are perfectly paced.”
Publishers Weekly

“Emotionally potent, painfully honest, and, at times, delightfully funny, de los Santos’s latest is a must for fans of intelligent, thoughtful women’s fiction.”
Booklist (starred review)

The Precious One (9780061670893) by Marisa de los Santos. $25.99 hardcover. 3/24/15 on sale.

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