Saturday, Nov. 8 • 7 pm
Cirque Salon Fiction
Bookshow LA
Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday, Nov. 11 • 12 - 1 pm
What Matters to Me and Why series
Occidental College
Fowler 111
Eagle Rock, CA

Wednesday, Nov. 12 • 7:30 pm
Found Words
Ebell Theater
Los Angeles, CA

Saturday, March 14
Tuscon Festival of Books
University of Arizona
Tuscon, AZ


Linked by birth, separated by secrets

The Amado Women is the story of four very different women, linked by birth struggling to reconnect.

Mercedes Amado has raised and watched her three daughters grow into women. Celeste, fiercely intelligent and proud, has fled her youth and family in Los Angeles to financial independence in San Jose. Sylvia has immersed herself in the world of her two young daughters, while Nataly, the baby, waits tables in an upscale restaurant by night and works on her textile art by day.

Four women struggle for their piece of the American Dream, but will it evaporate when confronted with family tragedy?

One of “5 Must-Read Books For Summer 2014.”
Aurora Anaya-Cerda of La Casa Azul for

"A finely rendered story of a multigenerational Latina family overcoming individual setbacks and tragedies."
—Shelf Awareness for Readers

“Far from the cholos and maids of a cliché Latino Los Angeles, these beautiful Amado women dine at chichi hotels and restaurants, carry plush designer bags, and steer new cars into suburbias. But Zamorano doesn’t leave it at that--because even an American dream-fulfilled life is still full of real life, and what alone endures is family.”
Dagoberto Gilb, Before the End, After the Beginning: Stories

“Désirée  Zamorano’s  novel explores a world of Latinas that belongs to her alone. Such originality predicts a notable career in the world of fiction. The author’s voice is true, and her stories feel real.”
­—Mark Childress, Crazy in Alabama and Georgia Bottoms

"What's it like reading Zamorano's novel? Take three wildly divergent sisters, a worrying mother, and an electrifying city. Blend in the heartache of marriage and an arsenal of secrets. Serve to all your comadres with a jalapeño twist."
­—Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines