Count on Me (Paperback)

Tales of Sisterhoods and Fierce Friendships

By Las Comadres Para Las Americas, Adriana V. Lopez (Editor)

Atria Books, 9781451642018, 272pp.

Publication Date: September 4, 2012

List Price: 17.99*
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Description

Beloved bestselling Latino authors, including Esmeralda Santiago, Carolina De Robertis, and Luis Alberto Urrea share moving personal stories of the many ways that sisterly bonds have powerfully impacted their lives.

Friendships can bring us peace, fill the emotional shortcomings in our romantic relationships, and help us remember what lies deep inside every one of us. For more than twelve years, the international organization Las Comadres Para Las Americas™ has been bringing together thousands of Latinas to count on, lean on, help, and advise one another. Comadre is a powerful term. It encompasses the most important relationships that exist between women: best friends, confidants, coworkers, advisers, neighbors, godmothers to one’s children, and even midwives.

Edited by acclaimed author and editor Adriana V. López, this collection of stories features twelve prominent Latino authors who reveal how friendships have helped them to overcome difficult moments in their lives. Fabiola Santiago, Luis Alberto Urrea, Reyna Grande, and Teresa Rodríguez tell their stories of survival in the United States and in Latin America, where success would have been impossible without a friend’s support. Esmeralda Santiago, Lorraine López, Carolina De Robertis, Daisy Martínez, and Dr. Ana Nogales explore what it means to have a comadre help you through years of struggle and self-discovery. And authors Sofia Quintero, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, and Michelle Herrera Mulligan look at the powerful impact of the humor and humanity that their comadres brought to each one’s life, even in the darkest moments.


About the Author

Nora de Hoyos Comstock, PhD, is the national and international founder, president, and CEO of Las Comadres Para Las Americas, an international organization that has been bringing together thousands of Latinas for more than a decade to support and advise one another.

Adriana V. López is the author and editor of several books. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post, among other publications. She lives in New York and Madrid.


Praise For Count on Me: Tales of Sisterhoods and Fierce Friendships

"A wonderful chorus of lovely, distinctive voices, rich in humor, tragedy, and compassion."
— Diana Gabaldon

"Intimate, interesting and always entertaining, Count on Me is filled with much LTLC-- Latina Tender Loving Care: readers everywhere will surely cherish it -- for it is not only a wonderfully written book, but one to be kept and cherished by future generations."
— Oscar Hijuelos