Title: Have You Seen Luis Velez?
Authors: Hyde, Catherine Ryan
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 320
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: Raymond Jaffe feels like he doesn't belong. Not with his mother's new family. Not as a weekend guest with his father and his father's wife. Not at school, where he's an outcast. After his best friend moves away, Raymond has only two real connections: to the feral cat he's tamed and to a blind 92 year old woman in his building who's introduced herself with a curious question: "Have you seen Luis Velez?"

Mildred Gutermann, a German Jew who narrowly escaped the Holocaust, has been alone since her caretaker disappeared. She turns to Raymond for help, and as he tries to track Luis down, a deep and unexpected friendship blossoms between the two.

Despondent at the loss of Luis, Mildred isolates herself further from a neighbourhood devolving into bigotry and fear. Determined not to let her give up. Raymond helps her see that for every terrible act the world delivers, there is a mirror image of deep kindness, and Mildred helps Raymond see that there's hope if you have someone to hold on to. [Taken from book blurb, Lake Union Publishing]

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"I adored this book."

"This is a great read. Fascinating."

"A heart-warming, delightful read - perfect for female book clubs."

"An easy read. It was so compelling I had to keep reading it, no housework done. Perfect."

"While the book is heartrending along the way, it's ultimately a really optimistic read."

"Is it corny? Is it real? Does it matter? Just indulge and enjoy."

"I have discovered a new author! Yippee."

"A well-written and enchanting read – the characters are very well written.

"Really stunning portrayal of teenage angst, friendships with all ages, the flexibility of parents to respond to their children and the changing community."

Categories: Fiction, Community, Contemporary, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Grief/loss, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, Uplifting, USA, America, 2022 Titles - Coming Soon


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