FINALIST! (WOMEN'S FICTION WRITERS ASSOCIATION STAR AWARD)
WINNER! BRONZE -INDIES BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD (FICTION-MULTICULTURAL)
FINALIST - IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARD (FICTION-COVER DESIGN)
“[A] story of redemption and rebirth in the midst of loss. Author Impellizzeri creates a haunting story of the past that can bind and the courage to break free.”-Booklist
“Secrets of Worry Dolls finds its way to an earned ending true to its characters, and to the world events that exact influence on them. Impellizzeri does well with the small details that make her characters feel like real people. This is a strong and memorable work of fiction.” -Foreword Reviews (*Editor’s Pick*)
“Complex layers…fast-paced…a novel of grief, love, and truth.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Spanning decades and continents, Secrets of Worry Dolls is a heartbreaking story about the ripple effect of our choices and the sometimes tragic consequence of survival. Mari and Lu will capture your imagination and your heart, and with Impellizzeri’s signature magical touch, keep you flipping pages well into the night.” -Kate Moretti, New York Times best-selling author of The Vanishing Year
“A truly original book – told with grace and style. Lu and Mari are vivid characters whose intertwining stories will move and surprise you.” –Sarah Pekkanen, Internationally best-selling author of The Opposite of Me
“In Secrets of Worry Dolls, masterful storyteller Amy Impellizzeri interweaves the tales of Mari and Lu to create an unforgettable, tender portrayal of mother – daughter relationships, love, and hope.” –Cynthia Swanson, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The Bookseller: A Novel
“With heart, humor and her signature touch of magic, Amy Impellizzeri brings to life the tale of a mother and daughter each facing all together extraordinary circumstances. Secrets of Worry Dolls will make you laugh, cry, and, in the end, leave you completely spellbound. It is easily one of my favorite books of the year!” --Kristy Woodson Harvey, best-selling author of Dear Carolina and Lies and Other Acts of Love
“Amy Impellizzeri’s Secrets of Worry Dolls is a vivid and powerful story, infused with a lot of heart and pluck. Told in alternating perspectives—mother Mari and daughter Lu—we’re swept away by this tale of self-discovery, which explores the role of fate, the power of secrets, and ultimately, the importance of forgiveness. It’s a story that won’t let you go, even after that last page is turned. I loved this book.” – Karma Brown, best-selling author of Come Away With Me and The Choices We Make
“Tender, touching, and engagingly layered, Secrets of Worry Dolls paints a nuanced portrait of one family’s struggle to deal with loss. Amy Impellizzeri clearly knows her way around the human heart.” --Camille Pagan, best-selling author of Life and Other Near-Death Experiences
“In Secrets of Worry Dolls, Mari and Lu, mother and daughter, are separated by an abyss created by misgivings, long-held secrets and tragedies almost too great to bear. Every daughter will recognize the pull of self-discovery and every mother will feel the tension between who she must be as a parent and who she is destined to be as an autonomous person. Stirring, intricate and full of surprises, this story will propel readers forward through the twists of fortune in the lives of these two women, torn apart yet forever linked, not simply by fate and blood, but by true compassion–and a sprinkling of magic.” –Sonja Yoerg, author of House Broken and Middle of Somewhere
“Exquisite and heartrending . . . Be warned: Secrets Of Worry Dolls will sweep you into an irresistible current of heartbreak that stretches from the Semuc Champey pools of Guatemala to the fictional town of Rock Harbor, New York; a current in which those who don’t drown learn that being a survivor is the cruelest chance of all.” –Scott Wilbanks, award-winning author of The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster
“Secrets of Worry Dolls, much like the mother-daughter relationship at the heart of the novel, explores themes of past and present, home and away, hope and loss, in a masterful way that kept me thinking about and rooting for characters Mari and Lu long after I’d read the last page.” –Susan Gloss, author of Vintage
“From New York to Guatemala, from modern day to decades past, from truth to secrets and back again, Secrets of Worry Dolls tells two compelling stories at once. A plane crash starts the story off and forgiveness and truth ends it. In between you’ll grow to love Lu and Mari and wish for your very own Worry Doll.” – Cathy Lamb, author of The Language of Sisters
From the award-winning author of Lemongrass Hope comes a haunting new story of unbearable love, loss, and redemption, with a thread of magical realism woven from the Mayan myths of Guatemala and a poignant and surprising reveal you will never see coming.
On the eve of the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012, Mari Guarez Roselli – a 44-year old 9/11 widow who had immigrated to New York City from Guatemala more than 20 years earlier – is keeping secrets from her 23-year-old daughter, Lu, who harbors a painful guilty secret of her own.
Ghosts from the past – including Lu’s firefighter dad, Joe Roselli, and Lu’s twin sister, Rae, who were lost on 9/11 – stand between Mari and Lu who are locked in a downward spiral of further disconnect and estrangement until a plane crashes on the corner where the two women live together but apart.
In the aftermath of the ensuing tragedy, Lu embarks on an emotional journey to unravel Mari's long-held secrets, leading to revelations that rock Lu to her core as she learns that no story's ending is ever written in stone.
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