“During the funeral, Nena ordered me out of the kitchen, where she and the girls…

“During the funeral, Nena ordered me out of the kitchen, where she and the girls were preparing the post-funeral meal, and to the orchard to collect limes.” 💚

An atmospheric coming of age story of two friends in Brazil. One rich, one poor and all drama! It definitely reminded me of the My Brilliant Friend series by Elena Ferrante but with a Brazilian flavor instead of Italian. I really enjoy books that span a character’s lifetime and this book definitely feels like you accompany Dores in her life’s journey. The descriptions of the sugar plantations, the Lapa neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro and old Hollywood were so vibrant – it was easy to imagine all these places. And the music! Samba, samba, samba. It was a great background soundtrack to the book. Wonderful historical fiction , I definitely recommend! This was a pick a while back but finally getting around to posting booksandmargs 💚



6 thoughts on ““During the funeral, Nena ordered me out of the kitchen, where she and the girls…”

  1. I really enjoyed this book!! Love the comparison to My Brilliant Friend—that’s a perfect pairing.

  2. Ugh this is on my TBR & I can’t find it through my library digitally. I really want it in audio. @chiquinhapeebles ❤️

  3. Oh it totally reminds me of My Brilliant Friend! I read this last year and enjoyed it…except that the way Graca treated Dores bothered me!

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