Book Review: How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water by Angie Cruz
A humorous novel about how we can ‘make mountains out of molehills’ to avoid examining the part we play in our troubled relationships
My name is Cara Romero and I came to this country because my husband wanted to kill me. Don’t look so shocked! You’re the one who asked me to say something about myself.
I’ve heard many fans of Angie Cruz’s novel “How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water,” joyfully declare their fondness for its main character, Cara Romero. She is vibrant, relatable, well-meaning, yet oh-so flawed. If you’re looking for a hilarious work of fiction about a woman trying to survive her own bad decisions while traversing those of the government, this book is definitely for you.
Cara, originally from the Dominican Republic, has lived most of her adult life in New York City. In 2007, the factory that employed her for decades announced that it is relocating to Costa Rica. While the U.S. struggles through the Great Recession, 56-year-old Cara finds herself at the tail end of her unemployment benefit allotment. Still struggling to find work, it seems the only way to obtain an extension is to apply to the following program:
The Senior Work Force program, NY., U.S. is designed to provide career counseling, job listings, and similar employment-related services. All participants receive extended unemployment benefits for the 12 weeks they participate in the program to subsidize pre-vocational training that includes communication skills, interviewing skills, and punctuality to prepare them to re-enter the workforce.” (excerpt from official governement document, Chapter 2)
Don’t Make a Mountain out of a Molehill
The title of Angie Cruz’s fourth novel refers to the Spanish idiom equivalent of the English “molehill” idiom. Like most of us, Cara’s life is full and streams into other full and complicated lives — the loved ones she…