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Night of the radishes
Sandra Benitez
Adult Fiction BENITEZ

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Set in Minnesota and Mexico, Ben!tez's engrossing fourth novel recounts the journey of a responsible daughter who travels south to search for her long-lost brother. Thirty-four-year-old Annie Hart Rush is living a mundane life in Minneapolis until her mother's death leaves her $1 million and, far more interestingly, a journal written on her deathbed that forces Annie to rethink her past. She learns that her brother, Hub, who ran away from home at 17, had been sending postcards to her mother all the while that Annie thought he'd disappeared, and she flies to Oaxaca to track him down. After a rough beginning, the novel finds its stride, rewarding persistent readers with a suspenseful plot and well-developed characters. Ben!tez does a great job of capturing landscapes, both north and south of the border, and she crafts a convincing voice for the mother's journal, which appears in excerpts throughout the book. Fans of the author's previous novels (A Place Where the Sea Remembers; Bitter Grounds, etc.) will appreciate her detailed descriptions of Annie's emotional growth-much of which happens during the intimate conversations she has with a Berkeley professor who's staying at her hotel (while Annie's husband is at home taking care of the kids). Thanks to Ben!tez's superb, lyrical writing, this evocative novel manages suspense without sacrificing beautiful prose. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Annie Rush is a happily married mother of two whose past is riddled with tragedy and loss that come to the fore when she must attend to her dying mother. To cope, Annie disconnects her heart from her head, but that does not free her from her duty. Before she dies, Annie's mother begs Annie to find her brother, who left home 20 years before; the only clues to his whereabouts are a series of postcards. Annie eventually narrows her search to Oaxaca, Mexico, where she meets Joe Cruz, an anthropology professor and guardian angel in disguise. With his help, she locates her brother and reunites her heart and mind. Benitez (A Place Where the Sea Remembers) creates a moving story about loss, guilt, anger, and forgiveness, set against the colorful mingling of the North American and Latin American cultures (Benitez was reared in both). Speaking to the human need to tell one's story, Benitez's fourth novel is recommended.-Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Coll. of Continuing Education Lib., Providence (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Annie Hart Rush
Age: 34
Her twin sister died over thirty years earlier; searching for her long-lost brother at her dying mother's request.

Joe Cruz
Anthropology professor.

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