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Mal has been with Annie Blooms since 2020. She enjoys books from all different genres and authors, but has a special affinity for novels and nonfiction that tackle dark subjects. Her Bachelor's degree is in Criminology and Criminal Justice, so she is always excited to read books that explore the many faces of crime.
Infinite Country begins with a bang: we ride shot-gun to fifteen year old Talia's escape from a correctional facility and race with her across Colombia to reach her father, Mauro. Beginning with the choice that put Talia in the facility, it becomes clear early that the core of this book is choices: those borne from desperation, desire, youth, and hope. Each decision that Talia’s family makes pulls them apart and knits them together again across Colombian and American borders. Infinite Country is poignant and Engel uses lush descriptions mixed with Colombian mythology and history to bring these characters to life. By the end we can understand the justifications behind the worst and hardest of their decisions. This book will make your heart ache and will stay with you long after reading.
In this collection of short stories, Moniz gives us an intimate window to the inner life of depressed thirteen year olds, women considering motherhood, middle aged men looking for connection, and so many more, spinning seamlessly from world to world. Each character is fully fleshed and fully formed, and like any good short story, leaves you longing for more. Our bodies and their connections to one another form the thread that weaves these stories together.