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Tarnished Beauty

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Tarnished Beauty

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Cecilia Samartin
publisher:
Atria
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B

Cecilia Jamilet is a stunning Mexican teenager concealing a shocking birthmark that sprawls across her back. Hoping to find a doctor to remove the stain, Jamilet makes the illegal trek to America and begins caring for a mysterious old man in a mental institution to scrounge up cash. Seemingly taken with his caregiver, the man opts to tell Jamilet his lengthy life story. The first 100-odd pages of Samartin?s novel, Tarnished Beauty, are executed beautifully — Jamilet?s quiet suffering as a marked child, portrayed with exceptional realism — but her patient?s ultimately humdrum story is far less compelling. B

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