#BookReview: Under the Feet of Jesus

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Under the Feet of Jesus by Helena Maria Viramontes

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3.5 stars

Pros:

  • Clear snapshot of farming life
  • Complex characters


Cons:

  • Not plot-paced, a slower read
  • Less about the teen protagonists (though they serve as main characters)

3.5 stars. I really liked the picture Viramontes gives us of field workers. It’s a fascinating and heartbreaking world that I didn’t have much exposure to. The words in the novel are all beautiful, poetic.

My only issue was with the teen relationship at the core of the story. I felt that there wasn’t enough resolution at the end of the novel. However, I really appreciated learning about the families and workers that pull together in the fields.

Overall, an interesting and needed read about migrant workers.

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Comments

  1. Sounds like a topic I’d like to read about. Does the author have a direct expertise on the migrant’s experience? I visited her Amazon page but couldn’t find anything about it. The novel has received lots of praise, though. I’m sure I’d love the descriptions of California.

    • Jennifer Chow says:

      I’m not sure she has direct experience, although she is from California. I think her family has ties to Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers.

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