I was interested in the The Mortifications by Derek Palacio after I saw it was about a Cuban Family. I am half Cuban myself and am interested in stories about them. The Mortifications is about a family of four who split up. The father stayed in Cuba while the mother took their twins, a boy and girl, to America. One thing that sets it apart is that instead of staying in FL like most did they moved further north to Connecticut. There the each family member has their own personal struggle that only intensifies when their father back in Cuba tries to get in touch with them.
Though the story line itself was interesting I honestly found it quite hard to get into. The author's style of writing made it difficult to follow along, the conversation was strangely written with no quotation marks or punctuation, and no description of how they were speaking. Knowing from firsthand experience how colorful and energetic Cubans are in their speech the book painted an opposite picture as though no character had any personality. Because of the way it was written it was very hard to become attached to the characters. The story moved in a way that it was hard to tell how much time had passed which not having clear chapters with names or even just numbers helped to seal that. When I was a third of the way through it felt like the book should almost be over. And I have yet to finish it. I would give it a two out of five.