Item description for Sofia's Saints by Diana Lopez...
Since her mother's death twelve years earlier, thirty-year-old Sofa Loren Sauceda has lived in the same house where she grew up. Although she must work as a waitress to make ends meet, Sofa indulges her artistic muse by burning unique renderings of various saints onto wood. She has even managed to sell some of her work at a local flea market. However, she refuses to compromise her artistic integrity by creating more marketable work, and she has little patience for those who do. Sofa's resolute philosophy begins to unravel when she learns that her beloved house is to be sold and that her only hope of buying it lies with an old coffee can filled with spare change. Forced to confront both her painful past and the seemingly inevitable loss of her old home, Sofa realizes that she must reevaluate everything she thought she knew about art, love, men, miracles, and money.
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Diana Lopez is the author of the novels Choke and Confetti Girl, which won the 2012 William Allen White Award. She is the editor of the journal Huizache and the managing director of CentroVictoria, an organization devoted to promoting Mexican American literature. She lives in South Texas and teaches at the University of Houston-Victoria. You can visit her website at ww.dianalopezbooks.com. "
Diana Lopez currently resides in San Antonio, in the state of Texas.
Reviews - What do customers think about Sofia's Saints?
Inspirational and wonderful Aug 21, 2004
I very much enjoyed reading this relatively short novel of a 30-year-old woman in Corpus Christi, caught in her mix of some of life's usual problems. I loved the hobby of creating wood carvings having innovative, contemporary takes on saints, and some of the 1st person thoughts she shares are thoughtful and beautiful. For example, she talks about parallel conversations, like two trees in close proximity, their branches entangled but only because of their nearness, each really wholly a part of its own. I adored the family she works for in the restaurant, and I even loved the landlord Mr. Vela, who struggles with having to free her from the home she's lived in her whole life. The greatest thing about this, to me, was that the author was careful to only show part of the history here until the very end, where a release of how special this relationship really was is brought out. My only regret in the story is Sofia's relation with David, whom I never thought should figure into the story as strongly as he does, and in the very end I feel we reached a bit of a contrived Hollywood resolution. However, this is a wonderful book. I look forward to reading more work of this author, and am grateful to The New Orleans Review for having cited this book in their book reviews section, the place I found out about it.
New Chicana Lit Sep 24, 2002
Sofía's Saints, López's first novel, is a strong contribution to Chicano Literature. This Tejana crafts an engaging narrative around the life and experiences of a Chicana who bridges her faith in her Art with the strength of friends in the absence of familia. Once a "milagro" occurs, the life of Sofía is cast in an equal amount of mystery and discovery. López is a talented young writer who will surely create more blessings in the years ahead.
A novel of self-examination and renewal of purpose in life Sep 8, 2002
Sofia's Saints by Diana Lopez is the introspective story of Sofia Loren Sauceda, a 30-year-old Latina woman who has lost her mother twelve years ago, and now may lose the house where she grew up. Confronting issues from her past and her own misconceptions about art, men, miracles, money, and more, Sofia's Saints is a profound and highly recommended novel of self-examination and renewal of purpose in life.