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Title:
Better with you here
Author(s):
Zepeda, Gwendolyn.
ISBN/ISSN:
9780446564038

0446564036
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Edition:
First edition.
Physical Description:
338 pages ; 21 cm
Abstract:
"If you ask her, Natasha Davila will tell you there's nothing more important to her than her kids. She'll do anything for her son and daughter-even play nice with her ex-husband. Only now she's facing a problem she never expected: her ex is re-marrying and suing for full custody. She could fall to pieces . . . or she could call on her friends"-P. [4] of cover.
Pub Date:
Grand Central Pub., 2012.
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Summary

Some friends help us heal . . .

If you ask her, Natasha Davila will tell you there's nothing more important to her than her kids. She'll do anything for her son and daughter-even play nice with her ex-husband. Only now she's facing a problem she never expected: her ex is re-marrying and suing for full custody. She could fall to pieces . . . or she could call on her friends.

Some help us change . . .

There's Sara, whose tough talk hides a soft-and loyal-heart, and Haley, who has so much more to offer than a pretty face. When they're together, Natasha doesn't have to be someone's wife or someone's mother. She can just be .

And some remind us what true friendship is really about . . .

When Natasha's ex ups the ante and exposes some disturbing news about her friends, she's forced to cut ties. But can she really walk away from the women who have been standing by her side?


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Author Notes

Gwendolyn Zepeda lives in Houston, Texas. Her blog GwenWorld.com and her first book To The Last Man I Slept With and All the Jerks Like Him have been mentioned in the NY Post and Seattle Post. Zepeda is a member of Nuestra Palabra, which hosts Houston's Latino Book and Family Fesitval, the largest book festival in Texas.

For more information, please visit Gwendolyn's website at www.gwendolynzepeda.com .


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Zepeda (Houston, We Have a Problema) offers a subtle and often amusing look at a single mother struggling to raise her kids in Dallas, Tex.. Natasha Davila has custody of her two children, Alex and Lucia, and rarely has positive interactions with their father, Mike, her ex-husband who now lives with his new girlfriend, Missy, and Missy's toddler. While Natasha and her children share a small apartment in a questionable complex, they're happy and managing to get by with the help of kindhearted friends and neighbors. Then Mike sues for full custody of his kids. When Natasha contests the suit, Mike plays dirty, exploiting some unsavory details about Natasha's new social circle. But playing dirty opens Mike to the same level of scrutiny, and no one, it turns out, is perfect. Zepeda's command of family dynamics shows in every scene, creating complexity and drama that is somewhat mitigated by a message that readers of women's fiction will have heard before. Still, despite far-fetched narrative turns, well-drawn characters, particularly Natasha (who shares narration duties with her son and a feisty friend) make this a rewarding read. Agent: Jenny Bent. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

As a newly single mother, Natasha Davila is living a life of quiet desperation. When her son, Alex, has an accident at school, the school can't reach her at work so they call her ex-husband's new girlfriend. It's one more piece of ammunition for her husband, who shocks her when he asks for custody for their two children. Natasha, whose former friends disappeared when she was forced to move to an apartment she could afford, turns to two new acquaintances for support. Husband Mike will even find a way to use those new friendships against her. Verdict Zepeda (Lone Star Legend) succeeds in revealing the desperation in the lives of single mothers as they struggle to do what's right for their children and showing how people can be judged unfairly. Bullying doesn't end in childhood. However, most of the characters are not as well developed as Natasha and Alex. Some characters, including Mike, have story lines that end abruptly as if the author didn't know what to do with them. Because of its weak characters, this novel doesn't live up to expectations.-Lesa Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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