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Author: Samuel Park Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Audio Length: Release Date: September 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781508268024

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“[A] luminous mother-daughter saga.”—ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“Lovely and heartbreaking.”—PEOPLE

“A beautiful testament to [Park’s] extraordinary talents as a storyteller…A ferocious page-turner.”—KIRKUS REVIEWS (STARRED REVIEW)

From the critically acclaimed author of This Burns My Heart comes a gorgeous, emotionally wise tale about a daughter who unearths the hidden life of her enigmatic mother.

Mara Alencar's mother Ana is her moon, her sun, her stars. Ana, a struggling voice-over actress, is an admirably brave and recklessly impulsive woman who does everything in her power to care for her little girl. With no other family or friends her own age, Ana eclipses Mara's entire world. They take turns caring for each other—in ways big and small.

Their arrangement begins to unravel when Ana becomes involved with a civilian rebel group attempting to undermine the city's torturous Police Chief, who rules over 1980s Rio de Janeiro with terrifying brutality. Ana makes decisions that indelibly change their shared life. When Mara is forced to escape, she emigrates to California as an undocumented immigrant and finds employment as a caregiver to a young woman dying of stomach cancer. It's here that she begins to grapple with her turbulent past and starts to uncover vital truths—about her mother, herself, and what it means to truly take care of someone.

Told with vivid imagery and subtle poignancy, The Caregiver is a moving and profound story that asks us to investigate who we are—as children and parents, immigrants and citizens, and ultimately, humans looking for vital connectivity.

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  • “[A] luminous mother-daughter saga.”

    - Entertainment Weekly
  • “Lovely and heartbreaking.”

    - People
  • “Visual, almost hypnotic language creates a memorable story of what it means to truly care.”

    - Good Housekeeping
  • “A rich and poignant tale of human nature at its best and worst, depicted with elegance and compassion.”

    - Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times bestselling author
  • “A novel both gripping and tender, told through a lyrical, thoughtful voice that enchanted me from the first page. Mara’s unique story would not let me go.”

    - Eleanor Brown, New York Times bestselling author

Awards

  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection

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About the Author

Samuel Park was an associate professor of creative writing at Columbia College Chicago. He graduated from Stanford University and the University of Southern California, where he earned his doctorate. Born in Brazil and raised in Los Angeles, he split his time between Chicago and Los Angeles. He died in April 2017.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell has won multiple Audie Awards, Earphones Awards, and the prestigious Odyssey Award for narration. She was been named a “Best Voice” by AudioFile magazine and in 2018 was inducted in Audible’s inaugural Narrator Hall of Fame.