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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Deck the Malls with Purple Peacocks: Alice Chronicles, Book 2: Or I’m Dreaming of a Green (Card) Christmas is a holiday-themed contemporary fiction novel written by Amy Gettinger. Aracely Martinez’s life was spread very thinly, but the young Mexican woman had dreams, dreams that were almost within her grasp -- she was that close. She was working a full-time job and had also taken on a pre-Christmas part-time job at a department store in the mall. No wonder then that her business professor had found her asleep when she really should have been taking that quiz along with the rest of the class. Even awake, she found the quiz surprisingly difficult as her hectic schedule had left her little time for studying. As she left the class to go to her night job, her friend and coworker, Quito Barzaga, caught up with her. He had just left his ESL class, and as they walked together, he regaled her with his trademarked and terrible jokes and puns. Aracely’s life was about to get more complicated, however, as her shift supervisor had found out that she had no green card. Jacob Thinnes was determined to make her life a misery, but three friends from Aracely’s past, the formidable Venus Warriors, were about to get involved, and they were not going to let their friend down.
Amy Gettinger’s Deck the Malls with Purple Peacocks has romance and comedy and it even has more Christmas cheer than most would ever dream of enjoying at this time of the year, but Gettinger makes it all work beautifully. She does all this while writing a moving and true-to-life story about a young woman whose eleven years working double shifts and paying taxes seem to mean nothing in today’s anti-immigrant fueled America. Gettinger exposes the irony of Quito’s Cuban ancestry making him of more value politically than Aracely with her Mexican heritage, and Aracely’s victimization by the companies that she works for rings sadly true. That said, Deck the Malls with Purple Peacocks is a marvelous romp! I hadn’t read the first book in the series, but had no problem getting involved in the story and am looking forward to backtracking to the first book, Alice in Monologue Land. The Venus Warriors are prodigious and funny -- and exactly who I’d want on my side if I’m ever in hot water. Deck the Malls with Purple Peacocks is most highly recommended.