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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (139 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Espinoza Narrator: Cony Madera Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Los Santos de Agua Mansa, California (Still Water Saints) chronicles a momentous year in the life of Agua Mansa, a largely Latino town beyond the fringes of Los Angeles. It is home to the Botánica Oshún, where people come seeking charms, herbs, candles, and, above all, the guidance of the shop’s owner, Perla Portillo. Perla has served the community for years, advising people on all manner of crises, large and small. Among her customers are Juan, a businessman coming to terms with the death of his father; Nancy, a schoolteacher caught between the demands of her new husband and her parents; Shawn, an addict looking for peace; and Rosa, a teenager trying to lose weight and find herself. But when a customer with a troubled, mysterious past arrives, Perla must confront her unfulfilled hopes and doubts about her place in a rapidly changing world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Still Water Saints is charming, yet its charm is an uneasy one. Its whimsy has teeth. And that is absolutely a compliment.”

    Los Angeles

  • “Espinoza…brings a small southern California town to vivid and vibrant life in his magical debut. Espinoza is a refreshing new writer, and his first novel embeds itself indelibly into the reader’s memory.”

    Booklist

  • “[A] kaleidoscopic portrait of a southern California town…[Espinoza] demonstrates a deep understanding of his characters. Setting their lives against Perla’s provides an inventive way to reflect the community’s diversity as well as its shared needs. A well-crafted collection of vignettes, neatly stitched together.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laurel Doud | 1/7/2014

    " I loved the writing of this book. Took me into many interesting lives. But I have to say I wanted more from each of the characters. So many just disappeared. I know it was a slice of life novel, but I liked the characters and wanted more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Graciela | 11/26/2013

    " SKIP this read! It jumps all over the place and I had a hard time keeping track of all the characters that were introduced throughout the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Luis Correa | 10/9/2013

    " Powerful and nuanced. The main sections could have been used a little better, a little. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Izzyd | 10/4/2013

    " fairly good read..nothing spectacular though. "

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About the Author

Alex Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Mexico, the youngest of eleven children, and later migrated to Southern California with his family and grew up in La Puente, a suburb of Los Angeles. He earned a BA with honors from the University of California at Riverside and an MFA from the University of California at Irvine, where he was editor of the university’s literary magazine.