The Caregiver by Samuel Park
When Mara Alencar arrives in the U.S. as an undocumented Brazilian immigrant, she’s forced to make her way in this new country however she can. When she takes on a job as a caregiver for a cancer patient in Los Angeles, Mara is reminded of her mother, a beautiful actress who became embroiled in a dangerous undertaking with a civilian guerilla group in order to put food on the table. Park himself was diagnosed with stomach cancer, the same malady that plagues the determined Kathryn in the book, and passed away shortly after completing the novel, which Kirkus Reviews describes as “a beautiful testament to [Park’s] extraordinary talents as a storyteller.”
Available September 25.