Book review: The Intriguing Life of Ximena Godoy by Graciela Limón


The Intriguing Life of Ximena GodoyThe Intriguing Life of Ximena Godoy by Graciela Limón

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.

This story of Ximena Goody is told as a flashback, starting in Los Angeles, 1950 when Ximena is being interrogated by Detectives Poole and Tieg concerning the assassination of Camilo who was shot dead in Sunset Boulevard.

By coming back to Guadalajara in 1908, the author describes Ximena’s life, starting when she was eighth-years old.

Ximena starts to change her life when she became pregnant and her daughter Ximenita is born. One expects that she will settle down but the reality is quite different.

Even if the period of Ximena’s life covered the Mexican Revolution, which started in 1910, the author doesn’t make use of this important and relevant historical background. Zapata is only mentioned very briefly.

The author also describes how Ximena immigrate to California which certainly was one of the legacies of the Mexican Revolution.

An astonishing end awaited her with the The Great Tehachapi Quake, in July 21, 1952.

With only a few hints of historical fiction, the book is fast-paced and well written.

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