Umami

Umami

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Deep in the heart of Mexico City, where five houses cluster around a sun-drenched courtyard, lives Ana, a precocious twelve-year-old who spends her days buried in Agatha Christie novels to forget the mysterious death of her little sister years earlier. Over the summer she decides to plant a milpa in her backyard, and as she digs the ground and plants her seeds, her neighbors in turn delve into their past.
Publisher: London : Oneworld Publications, 2016
ISBN: 9781780748917
1780748914
Branch Call Number: FIC JUFRESA 2016
Characteristics: 273 pages : illustration ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Hughes, Sophie (Sophie Elizabeth), 1986-

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Ana, a precocious 12-year-old living in the heart of Mexico City, decides to plant a milpa in her backyard, prompting her neighbors to dig into their own pasts, unearthing secrets and questions. (Mexico)


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May 19, 2017

Decent first novel in English by this up and coming author. Perhaps too ambitious; chronology and multiple viewpoints makes the slight story difficult to appreciate; not very Mexican, for example: "mew"; childish sentiments dominate.

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