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The Caregiver

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
From the critically acclaimed author of This Burns My Heart comes a "luminous mother-daughter saga" (Entertainment Weekly) about a young woman who is forced to flee 1980s Brazil for California, and in doing so 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 in perilous 1980s Rio de Janeiro. 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.

But who is Ana, really? As she grows older, Mara slowly begins to piece together the many facets of Ana's complicated life - a mother, a rebel, and always, an actress. When Ana becomes involved with a civilian rebel group attempting to undermine the city's cruel Police Chief, their fragile arrangement begins to unravel. Mara is forced to flee the only home she's ever known, for California, where she lives as an undocumented immigrant, caregiving for a dying woman. 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.

A "lovely and heartbreaking" (People) story that is "simultaneously dreamlike and visceral" (The Atlantic), The Caregiver is "a beautiful testament to Samuel Park's extraordinary talents as a storyteller... that reads, in some moments, like a thriller - and, in others, like a meditation on what it means to be alive... A ferocious page-turner with deep wells of compassion for the struggles of the living - and the sins of the dead" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"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

"The brilliant Samuel Park has left us a deft and urgent masterpiece about life and death and all the things that make us human. The Caregiver soars like a hymn, delivering heartbreak and joy and lifting readers into a place of compassion and understanding that feels entirely new." - Jim Gavin

"The Caregiver is a triumph, a clear-eyed novel full of humanity and compassion and life. The threats of the world are ever-present, but so is a brave and defiant endurance, a sense that the heart can survive the worst defeats, the worst losses, the worst regimes. Samuel Park was a treasure, and he has left us with one." - Rebecca Makkai

"An addictive, propulsive read that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. Samuel Park writes with a gimlet eye about love, life and death, able to pierce even the toughest of hearts." - Nami Mun

"A rich and poignant tale of human nature at its best and worst, depicted with elegance and compassion." - Curtis Sittenfeld


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Hardback Editions

September 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Caregiver
Author(s): Samuel Park
ISBN: 1-5011-7877-6 / 978-1-5011-7877-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Paperback Editions

July 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Caregiver
Author(s): Samuel Park
ISBN: 1-5011-7879-2 / 978-1-5011-7879-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Audio Editions

September 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Caregiver
Author(s): Samuel Park
ISBN: 1-5082-6803-7 / 978-1-5082-6803-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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September 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Caregiver
Author(s): Samuel Park
ISBN: 1-5082-6804-5 / 978-1-5082-6804-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


September 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Caregiver
Author(s): Samuel Park
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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September 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Caregiver
Author(s): Samuel Park
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

September 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Caregiver
Author(s): Samuel Park
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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