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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: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781455190577
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Still Water Saints chronicles a momentous year in the life of Agua Mansa, a largely Latino town beyond the fringes of Los Angeles. Agua Mansa 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, arming her clients with the tools to overcome 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 and mysterious past arrives, Perla struggles to confront her unfulfilled hopes and doubts about her place in a rapidly changing world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[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.”

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  • “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.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/8/2013

    " i enjoyed this story. it reminded me much of my good friend kate. it's almost like several short stories woven together by the main character perla. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia | 9/3/2013

    " I was way too excited about this from reading the back cover...but once I got over my initial disappointment it was suprisingly entertaining. However, I did not learn much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Izzyd | 8/30/2013

    " fairly good read..nothing spectacular though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 8/27/2013

    " Alex Espinoza enters the minds of vastly different characters with such grace, wisdom and knowingness. Many of these interconnected stories broke my heart in the best way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margo Solod | 2/27/2013

    " i just finished this book and i loved it. absolutely loved it. i thought it was a beautifully interconnected set of stories, with the characters flowing effortlessly back and forth. this is a first novel and i cannot wait for him to write another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 1/13/2013

    " Enjoyed it, though it was difficult to follow in places. Loved the description of the botanica and how its crazy/diverse contents got woven into everyday lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luis Correa | 1/3/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha Lamph | 11/8/2012

    " I don't really have anything negative to say about this book. My mind was blown. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rene | 7/28/2012

    " This was an amazing collection of character vignettes. I had met the author at a conference and he talked about how he set the novel up in the fictional town but how it is connected to his home town of Riverside. Very good book and just had me turning pages to find out more about these characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire | 4/21/2012

    " I thought that Espinoza's book was interesting in parts, but overall, I didn't think that it fit together very well or was particularly well-written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda | 2/3/2012

    " Loved it.. author teaches at UC RIverside "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel Doud | 1/24/2012

    " 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 Norka1010 | 8/8/2011

    " The Spanish translation in this book is horrible! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Graciela | 6/7/2010

    " 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 Jen | 1/4/2010

    " I really enjoyed this novel. The author takes a place and develops the characters who live there. It is similar to Maeve Binchy novels when it comes to the development of characters, but such a different time and place! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Klein | 10/14/2009

    " Alex Espinoza has a great eye for detail and a generous literary spirit. Some of the vignettes in this collection of connected short stories touch down lightly, but others are intense--it's impressive that a voice so gentle can also be unblinking. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.