Author: Mary Gordon
Publisher: Vintage Books
Format: Digital ARC
Verdict: Read it!
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5
From Knopf: Brave, intelligent, fierce—eighteen-year-old Silvia knows how to handle men. When she discovered that her Salsa-dancing father’s been hiding an affair, she threw him out of the apartment she shared with her mother and changed the locks. But, Will is just so unlike the men that Silvia has known. He is privileged, irritating, and handsome. He wears disheveled clothes, never washes his tub, almost never eats sugar, and talks about faith and love. When Silvia falls ill, he takes gentle care of her until she recovers. And, when she gets an invitation to her father’s 50th birthday, Will urges her to go and offer a second chance to the one man she swore she would never forgive.
My Review: Eighteen year old Silvia carries the weight of the world on her shoulders. She’s closed the door on her relationship with her father – he’s become an angry man, strikes Silvia when she defends her mother and has having an affair with another woman. Silvia takes a job as a cocktail waitress to help her mother pay rent. Her upbringing was atypical and centered around her parent’s salsa dancing parties until the wee hours of the night leaving little time for academics. In their circle a pretty face was more important than a good education.
Everything changes when Silvia begins a relationship with the new guy at work, Will. Will is Silvia’s polar opposite – a rich, spoiled kid who takes for granted the things Silvia values. Will is kind and wants to take care of Silvia but she knows he can never understand where she comes from.
This is a lovely coming of age short story about courage, acceptance and second chances.
Thank you to Vintage Books and Netgalley for providing me this ARC in exchange for my own review.