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The Meaning of Consuelo

(2003)
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La nina seria, the serious child. That's how Consuelo's mother has cast her pensive, book-loving daughter, while Consuelo's younger sister, Mili, is seen as vivacious--a ray of tropical sunshine. Two daughters: one dark, one light; one to offer comfort and consolation, the other to charm and delight. But something is not right in this Puerto Rican family. Coming of age when American influence threatens to dilute the island's traditional Spanish customs as well as to harm, perhaps irreparably, its fragile ecology, Consuelo watches her family and culture being torn asunder--much like the island itself.

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"A bittersweet tale of the price one pays to reinvent the story handed down by one's antepasados and familia. Consuelo is both herself and every mujer, and her story her own and that of her island, torn between self-discovery and safety." - Julia Alvarez


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Hardback Editions

November 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Meaning of Consuelo: A Novel (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Winner)
Author(s): Judith Ortiz Cofer
ISBN: 0-374-20509-4 / 978-0-374-20509-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

March 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Meaning of Consuelo: A Novel (Bluestreak)
Author(s): Judith Ortiz Cofer
ISBN: 0-8070-8387-9 / 978-0-8070-8387-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Beacon Press
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Kindle Editions

November 2003 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Meaning of Consuelo: A Novel
Author(s): Judith Ortiz Cofer
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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