April 12, 2022

Neruda on the Park Review

Neruda on the Park Review

Title: Neruda on the Park
Author: Cleyvis Natera
Style: Contempoary
Rating: 4/5

**Thank you NetGalley and Ballantine Books for the advanced readers copy in exchange for my review.  Neruda on the Park comes out on May 17th.

"I know a different choice would have led to a different regret. Wondering if the choices I didn't make might've been the right ones?  You just do your best each day with what you got."

Vladimir, a husband/father desperately wanting to return to the Dominican Republic. Eusebia, a wife/mother who wants to stay in Nothar Park, a mostly Dominican part of New York City where she's spent the last twenty years of her life.  And Luz, a daughter wanting to make her parents proud and not disappoint them. Where gentrification takes over Nothar Park Eusebia will do anything to stop it.

This is a beautiful story about love, family, friendship, and loyalty. It covers some pretty intense topics like crime, gentrification and identity. It's the type of story that you don't want to end. I really enjoyed all of these characters and wished I could have learned what the future held for them. Fantastic debut novel.