The Caregiver by Samuel Park

The Caregiver

From the critically acclaimed author of This Burns My Heart comes gorgeous, emotionally wise tale about a daughter who unearths the hidden life of her enigmatic mother.Mara Alencar’s mother Ana is the moon, the sun, the 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 e...


Details The Caregiver

TitleThe Caregiver
ISBN9781501178788
Author
Release DateSep 25th, 2018
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Literary Fiction
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Reviews The Caregiver

  • Angela M
    1970-01-01
    The book begins in California in the 1990’s when twenty six year old Mara Alencar, an undocumented immigrant from Brazil is a caregiver to an affluent woman with stomach cancer. In these early pages, I found Mara’s reactions to America fascinating and so enlightening as she tells of all of the things she has been surprised about in the ten years she has been in America. The narrative describes these things for several pages - how much is free...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    1970-01-01
    Oh, how I love a mother-daughter story. The Caregiver is set in beautiful Rio de Janeiro in 1980s. Ana is everything to her daughter, Mara. She lives paycheck to paycheck as a voice-over actress, and is assertive, resilient, and reckless all at the same time. Ana has a fierce love for her daughter, but her limitations hold her back from being a traditional mom. As a result, Mara ends up mothering Ana and growing up earlier than her time.Things be...
  • Cheri
    1970-01-01
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! “You taught me precious secrets of the truth, withholdin' nothin'You came out in front and I was hidingBut now I'm so much better so if my words don't come togetherListen to the melody 'cause my love's in there hiding“But I love you in a place where there's no space or timeI've loved you for my life, yes, you're a friend of mineAnd when my life is over, remember when we were togetherWe were alone and I was singin' my song ...
  • Kim
    1970-01-01
    3.5 stars. The first thing I have to say is that I am deeply saddened by the death of this author. I had no idea he passed away last year from stomach cancer. This was a good one. Can't believe it was the last one I read by Samuel Park. A true loss to us readers.
  • RoseMary Achey
    1970-01-01
    Beautifully written The Caregiver explores the caregiving relationship between a mother and daughter during the tumultuous times in 1980's Rio de Janeiro. Two decades later the daughter is living in California working as a caregiver for a woman suffering from cancer. Unfortunately this is the last novel we will have the pleasure of reading from Samuel Park as he passed away after shortly after finishing this book. Park was a talented writer-alth...
  • Marjorie
    1970-01-01
    Ana and her little girl, Mara, take care of each other in their home in Copacabana, Brazil. Ana works as a voice-over actress but her job brings in little money. In desperation, she agrees to take a job posing as a citizen with information about student guerillas in an attempt to lure the violent Police Chief Lima from his post. Ana then makes a decision that tears their lives apart.Years later when Mara comes to America undocumented, she takes a...
  • Donna Davis
    1970-01-01
    The Caregiver is one of the year’s best surprises. I read this book free and early, thanks to Net Galley and Simon and Schuster. Our protagonist is Mara Alencar, and our setting is split between present day Los Angeles, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the 1980s. I am drawn to the story initially because of the setting, which I don’t see often; but it is Mara that keeps me turning the pages. Those that treasure excellent, character-based literar...
  • Stephanie
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to the publisher for sending me a review copy!This little novel is made up of so many sparkling parts. My favorite was Mara as an 8 year old, living with her beloved mother in a neighborhood of Rio de Janiero. Short on money and desperate to provide for Mara, her mother gets swept up in a student rebel group's scheme to take down a corrupt police chief. Park writes with such amazing warmth and spirit - the sections of her childhood in Braz...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    1970-01-01
    via my bloghttps://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/'In America, there were no metaphors. If a woman trusted her partner she didn’t say that she would set her hand on fire. When a woman had all the power, she didn’t say she had a knife and a piece of cheese in her hands. When she didn’t like an offer, she didn’t tell it to go back to the sea.'It isn’t lost on me that I read this novel while going through my own health scare, mine is intest...
  • Susie | Novel Visits
    1970-01-01
    My Thoughts: In The Caregiver we meet Mara at three critical points in her life. At 8 she’s living under the spell of her impetuous mother as they try to survive the violence and corruption that marked Brazil in the late 1970’s. At 16, Mara tries to both protect and care for her mother who suffers from heart disease and a past that haunts her. When the reader first meets Mara, she’s 26, living in Los Angeles, and caregiver to a woman dying ...
  • Whit
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to @simonandschuster for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. I read this book so fast I’m not sure what to even write for a review. I guess I’ll start with some background. The author, Samuel Park, passed away from stomach cancer not long after finishing. Which made the book that much more touching. The story is narrated by a young lady named Mara from the time she was 8 years old until she’s 26. We are also...
  • Anneke
    1970-01-01
    Book Review: The CaregiverAuthor: Samuel ParkPublisher: Simon & SchusterPublication Date: September 25, 2018Review Date: July 9, 2018I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I also was invited to read and review this book by someone from Simon & Schuster. This was a very special book because Mr. Park died of stomach cancer shortly after finishing this book. While one of the characters of the book was ba...
  • Elena Mileva
    1970-01-01
    Wow! What a well written book. It was so vividly written and with such detail. It had so much emotion in it and dealt with complex situations between people. It made me sad, happy and angry at times. So sad that the author has passed away and there won’t be another book by him.
  • Chris Roberts
    1970-01-01
    Walk away, emotional sanity at stake, now is living the past, stars sink your spirit, unsmiling in the lonesome firmament, sadness your smile on earth too, believe, believe love comes. Christopher Roberts, God Sideways
  • Rachael Peretic
    1970-01-01
    In Samuel Park’s “The Caregiver”, Mara tends to her charge Katherine, a woman who, at forty-four, is reluctantly facing death at the hands of stomach cancer. Over Katherine’s decline, Mara has taken on the illusionary role of daughter, filling a gap for Katherine that seems permanent, given her diagnosis and lingering divorce from her ex-husband, Nelson. If only she had known just how few chances life gives, she would have made it work be...
  • Kathleen
    1970-01-01
    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty...“The death of the author” is a concept put forth in a 1967 essay by Roland Barthes in which he argues that approaching a work with the author’s intentions or biography in mind is not the best way to understand its meaning. Better, he says, to act as though the author is dead, thereby separating the creator from the text and treating the creation on its own terms.Whet...
  • Andrea
    1970-01-01
    I was heartbroken to read that the author, Samuel Park, died of stomach cancer at age 41, shortly after finishing this novel. The piece orginally published in the New York Times' Sunday Review, 1/14/2017, MUST BE READ; it follows the epilogue.The setting. Mara Alencar, comes to Bel Air, California, from Brazil. She is a 26-year-old caregiver for Kathryn Weatherly, early 40s, divorced, childless, and diagnosed with/dying of stomach cancer. [hmmm]T...
  • Andrea
    1970-01-01
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was heartbroken to read that the author, Samuel Park, died of stomach cancer at age 41, shortly after finishing this novel. The piece orginally published in the New York Times' Sunday Review, 1/14/2017, MUST BE READ; it follows the epilogue.The setting, Mara Alencar, comes to Bel Air, California, from Brazil. She is a 26-year-old caregiver for Kathryn Weatherly, early 40s, di...
  • Dree
    1970-01-01
    Samuel Park died of stomach cancer after finishing this book (and battling the cancer twice). And yes, one of the characters in this book has stomach cancer, and is young for it, just as he was. She is not the main character, however. Her caregiver is. Mara is from Brazil (as Park was, originally, though he grew up in LA). Mara left Brazil sometime after her mother's death, and caring for Kathryn has caused her to think more about her mother's li...
  • Kathleen Gray
    1970-01-01
    Beautiful writing and a unique plot made this a wonderful read. Told in dual time line and location, it is the story of Mara, a young woman who finds herself working as a caregiver in Los Angeles for a woman dying of stomach cancer after she flees Brazil. Don't worry= this is not a medical book and there are few details of the cancer. At its root, this is about a woman who understands one thing about her mother and then finds something else and b...
  • SheLovesThePages
    1970-01-01
    This book was given to me by Netgalley and Simon & Schuster publishing.Mara, born in Brazil, is a caregiver in California. The story goes back and forth from present day to Mara’s life and what brought her to Brazil and then to becoming a caregiver. This book has the ability to open so many eyes as to why people leave their home country and live in the United States without documentation. Samuel Park is a brilliant writer. His legacy will be th...
  • Melissa Dee
    1970-01-01
    I was immediately drawn in to Ana and Maya’s world, living on the edge of poverty in Rio de Janeiro. Told from the perspective of the daughter, at different times and places in her life, the story deals with how we care for others, as mothers, daughters, lovers and friends. Park acknowledges the complications of all of those relationships, and weaves a bright thread through their commonalities. This is a lovely book, and tragically, the last wr...
  • Mollie Racioppa
    1970-01-01
    For a more in-depth review of The Caregiver, check out my blog: https://thenextpage950344705.wordpres...To begin, big thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of The Caregiver. Another thank you to the author, Samuel Park, and Simon and Schuster Publishing for allowing me to read this uncorrected ARC before its final publication.The Caregiver follows the life story of a girl named Mara Alencar. The story begins with 26 year old Mara li...
  • miss.mesmerized mesmerized
    1970-01-01
    In the 1990s, Mara Alcenar is living in California and working as a caregiver for a woman who suffers from cancer. She has been in the US for many years, illegally like so many others and always struggling to survive and hoping not to be caught. Yet, going back to Brazil is not an option; it is just her thoughts that frequently return to her native country. She remembers the time when she was six and living with her mother Ana who worked in the f...
  • Kyle Anne Uniss
    1970-01-01
    The Caregiver pulled me in with perfect prose, telling me the story of Ana and Mara, a mother and daughter living through totalitarian times in Brazil in the 70's and 80's. It's the story of revolutionaries, and what a mother will do so she and her daughter can survive, and how a daughter looks back on her mother and the choices she made. In telling this story, Park reminds all daughters that their mothers are human, warning us that life is fragi...
  • Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
    1970-01-01
    This was a quietly arresting read for me, and was so much more moving than I expected upon reading the blurb. The narrative follows a mother and daughter in Brazil during the 1980s and then in California in a more contemporary time. The mother, an actress, becomes entangled in a messy police operation with a civilian rebel group, and a specific incident with a known-torturer police chief changes their lives forever..On a surface level, the narrat...
  • Annie
    1970-01-01
    There are certain characters that appear in fiction (and some times in life) as background characters: caregivers; servants; gardeners; anyone who’s job it is to make another, richer person’s life smooth and comfortable. As background characters, we rarely get a chance to hear their stories, find out how they got where they are, and, most importantly, what they think. Samuel Park’s The Caregiver is one of those rare looks into the life of a...
  • Jenn
    1970-01-01
    From my blog and instagram account - @livereadandprosperThank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review.The story has two time periods going on at once. It starts with Mara as a 26 year old working as a caregiver for a woman with stomach cancer. The other part of this novel focuses on the relationship developement between Mara and her mother during the 80s Rio de Janeiro revolution and how it has lead to Mar...
  • Jordysbookclub
    1970-01-01
    I thought this was a really beautiful, well-written story about Mara, an undocumented Brazilian immigrant who spends her days taking care of a wealthy cancer patient while struggling to come to terms with the dark secrets Ana (her fiercely protective single mother) kept from her as a child. I expected the story to be more about the relationship between Mara and her patient, but clearly the title refers to Ana, who was willing to do whatever it to...