The Ladies of Managua by Eleni N. Gage
Published May 5, 2015
The Ladies of Managua took me forever to get into – in fact, I still haven’t really gotten into the book. And now I have officially given up. It took me more than 3 days to read about 150 pages which for me is a feat in that of itself because I can usually finish a few hundred pages in 1-2 days and the fact that I couldn’t for this book spoke volumes to me.
I really wanted to get into this book especially because St. Martin’s so kindly sent over a copy to me but honestly, I just couldn't. The synopsis sounded promising – telling the story of 3 generations of women of the same family who had come together to mourn for a loved one and then were faced to deal with their differences and misunderstandings over the years. Unfortunately, for me, it fell flat.
For this review, I won’t delve too much into the characters since I only read about 150 or so pages so I’m sure I’m missing a lot of valuable input/information on the characters so I will mostly discuss about the writing style and whatnot. To put it straightforward: I did not like the writing style. I didn’t mind the three different POVs going on but it was incredibly confusing especially within each person’s POV. There were many times when, for example, Isabela (the grandmother) discussed what was going on in the present and then randomly flashing back to, I don’t know how many years ago. Plus, there were so many people’s name especially the past boyfriends/husbands from all three females that I got so confused. I was always trying to flip back and remind myself who everyone was. To be perfectly honest, it made everything super choppy and didn’t flow as smoothly as it should have.
Overall, the book isn’t for me but it seems that from all of the positive Goodreads reviews and feedback that this book was pretty great for a lot of people. Unfortunately, I was one of the select few who didn’t enjoy it as much.