|Edited by Adriana V. Lopez, Atria Books
Comadres are the women [we] know [we] can count on,
lean on, and ask for advice or for help when needed.
Like Las Comadres Para Las Americas, comadres make up
the support system women create for themselves on the personal and professional fronts.
--Nora de Hoyos Comstock, PhD
President & CEO
Las Comadres Para Las Americas
As comadres, we share our most intimate and
formative life experiences so that they become
each other's life experiences as well.
Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Book Summary: 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 Latina/o 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.
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