Banana Heart Summer

Banana Heart Summer

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In her lush, luminous debut novel, Merlinda Bobis creates a dazzling feast for all the senses. Richly imagined, gloriously written, Banana Heart Summer is an incandescent tale of food, family, and longing--at once a love letter to mothers and daughters and a lively celebration of friendship and community.

Twelve-year-old Nenita is hungry for everything: food, love, life. Growing up with five sisters and brothers, she searches for happiness in the magical smell of the deep-frying bananas of Nana Dora, who first tells Nenita the myth of the banana heart; in the tantalizing scent of Manolito, the heartthrob of Nenita and her friends; in the pungent aromas of the dishes she prepares for the most beautiful woman on Remedios Street. To Nenita, food is synonymous with love--the love she yearns to receive from her disappointed mother. But in this summer of broken hearts, new friendships, secrets, and discoveries, change will be as sudden and explosive as the monsoon that marks the end of the sweltering heat--and transforms Nenita's young life in ways she could never imagine.
Publisher: New York : Delta Trade Paperbacks, 2008.
Edition: Delta trade paperback ed.
ISBN: 9780385341127
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bobis Merlinda
Characteristics: 257 p. :,ill., maps ;,18 cm.


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Dec 08, 2010

I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would, as I didn't feel a connection with the characters. I wonder if cultural differences in storytelling would account for this.

Dec 08, 2010

I found the link between food, underlining social issues and family interesting.


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