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“There is potent magic in these pages, passed down through this lineage of powerful sisters who have captured my heart. How does Acevedo do it? Reading Family Lore is like an embrace, and I am filled with nostalgia for a family I have never had and could never have imagined” - Ruth Ozeki, author of The Book of Form and Emptiness

Family Lore - Elizabeth Acevedo

The Marte women are preparing for a gathering that will change their lives forever Flor has a gift: she can predict, to the day, when someone will die. So when she decides to host her own living wake – bringing together her family and community to celebrate her long life – her sisters Matilde, Pastora and Camila are concerned. What has she foreseen? But Flor isn’t the only one with a secret. Matilde has tried to hide the extent of her husband’s infidelity for years, and now must confront the true state of her marriage. Pastora – always on a mission to solve her sisters’ problems – needs to come to terms with her past. And Camila, the youngest sibling, has decided she no longer wants to be taken for granted. Alongside their struggles, the next generation of Marte women face their own tumult of family obligations, infertility, and heartache. Spanning the three days prior to the wake, Family Lore traces the intertwining stories of these sisters and cousins, mothers and daughters, aunts and nieces, to ask the ultimate question: what does it take to live a good life, for yourself and those you love?



Meet the Author

Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo is a Dominican-American National Poetry Slam Champion and New York Times-bestselling author. Family Lore is her debut adult novel. She is also the author of the young adult novels The Poet X, With the Fire on High and Clap When You Land. The Poet X is a New York Times bestseller, winner of the National Book Award and the Carnegie Medal (Acevedo is the first woman of colour to win the Medal) and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. The Poet X is also on the UK school curriculum for diversifying reading. Acevedo was selected by The Poetry Foundation as the Young Poet's Poet Laureate of 2022. She has 95K followers across social media and the hashtag #elizabethacevedo has over 1.8 million views on TikTok. She is based in Washington DC.

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