A few years before my mother died in 2001, I was visiting her for her birthday. She told me that since it was her eightieth birthday, she was going out to eat with her friend that afternoon. She pronounced the name of her friend; it …Read More
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I was reading over some comments made about what happened in Charlottesville last year. Some of them expressed surprise at the notion that the Nazi platform is alive and well today in the U.S. even though Adolf Hitler is dead. These comments made me wonder; …Read More
Evolving Halloween Thursday night about six-thirty, as soon as it was getting dark on my street, I set out my three carved jack lanterns strategically, so they would lead the trick or treaters off the sidewalk and down the path to my house. …Read More
How would you like to cook in a state-of-the-art kitchen with all stainless-steel appliances, surrounded by granite counters and glass accessorized cabinets, and later eat off of expensive china plates? How would you like to live where there is a fully equipped gym, bathrooms …Read More
Mexican Food For Real I just finished reading Ally Wong’s excerpt from her new novel, that has a chapter on how to judge a good Asian restaurant. Everything she said made a lot of sense, and I started thinking about how you pick a good …Read More
Brown Paper Bags and Old Soda Bottles A while back, my daughter installed a new application on my phone and explained how all I had to do was type in the address of where I wanted to go and it would give me step-by-step …Read More
CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS POSTING Monday Morning Group Francine Rodriguez email@example.com I think it was some time in 1996, at the waning end of the surge in the crack epidemic in South Central. It was the point where rehabs had opened their doors up …Read More
|by Francine Rodriguez Today the crack smokers are getting older. Getting high in the open air of South Central is not a common sight anymore, and the behaviors that sometimes accompany it have for the most part, gone underground. I’ve been carrying this memory around …Read More
There’s Equality in Sports Injury I happened to come across a study yesterday. It was a study of the human brains of a number of young men who had all died before age thirty-two. Scientists kept the brains in large freezers especially for this type …Read More
Now that I’m officially “old as dirt,” and still above-ground to watch it all, I keep coming across spectacles that make me stop and stare and try to shake the cobwebs out of my brain. So, let me explain, prior to writing my prior …Read More
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Reviewed By Viga Boland for Readers’ Favorite
If you’re going to write a long fiction crime thriller, you’d better make sure of three things: you have a really great plot, gripping characters, and most important of all, the skill to create a true page-turner. Well, Francine Rodriguez certainly followed that mandate in A Woman Like Me. What a read…so riveting that I nearly missed a doctor’s appointment when I couldn’t put the book down! Her un-named protagonist is based on the life of a real person, a former female cop currently on death row for several murders. What on earth happened in her life to bring her to this? Was it the fact that she was born in the slums of Manila where she had an early introduction to the life of crime that resulted in her murdering two people? And how does a murderer end up as a US cop whose eye-opening experiences as a female member of the force lead her to murder again? Enough of a thrilling plot for you? Believe me, that’s only part of the full story and if anyone doubts that adage “truth is stranger than fiction”, the truth in this book will change your mind.
But it’s not just the plot that keeps you turning the pages. It’s the character and motivations of the protagonist that capture your imagination. She is full of rage that she struggles to keep under control. She is desperate for an identity, a sense of worth, a feeling of belonging to a family, a group or a person who really cares about her. When she fails to find that after years of trying to do the right thing by and for others, to ultimately fit in somewhere and be loved, her world falls apart. Readers feel her pain, her sense of rejection and disappointment so acutely, there is no criticism, just sadness. Though the storyline is very different, what I felt after reading this novel was similar to what I took away from the true-story movie Monster with Charlize Theron.
The Woman in Me is also a sobering look at the sexual inequality so many women encounter, especially in both the military and police forces, where “having your brother’s back” too often takes precedence over doing what is right. Granted, this story takes place a couple of decades back and one would hope it’s not as bad being a female cop today as it was then, but I wouldn’t bank on it. Francine Rodriquez captures that inequality in unforgettable detail that leaves you thinking about what you have just read for days after. There is just enough description and realistic dialogue to establish the mood, the settings, and believable characters. Despite the fairly large amount of introspective reflection on the part of the protagonist, which authenticates her motivations and actions, The Woman in Me never bogs the reader down.
5 stars Highly suspenseful September 2, 2019 The writing keeps you on the line and in suspense throughout the protagonist’s complex and painful journey through crime, death, and family. I recommend this novel to anyone interested in the underside of justice that we never see up close, and to anyone who wants a view of society from the outside looking in.