Mother Tongue

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"It is a great beauty of a book, and I am so proud of you for standing with and for the disappeared. A sister, a lover, a witness."
?Alice Walker

Mary is nineteen and living alone in Albuquerque. Adrift in the wake of her mother's death, she longs for something meaningful to take her over. Then Jos? Luis enters her life. A refugee from El Salvador and its bloody civil war, Jos? has been smuggled to the United States as part of the sanctuary movement.

Mary cannot help but fall in...

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Overview

"It is a great beauty of a book, and I am so proud of you for standing with and for the disappeared. A sister, a lover, a witness."
—Alice Walker

Mary is nineteen and living alone in Albuquerque. Adrift in the wake of her mother's death, she longs for something meaningful to take her over. Then José Luis enters her life. A refugee from El Salvador and its bloody civil war, José has been smuggled to the United States as part of the sanctuary movement.

Mary cannot help but fall in love with the movement and the man. And little by little, she begins to reveal to José Luis the part of herself she has never known. . . .

"A book that becomes more timely every day, in our present political climate, and deserves the widest possible audience for its beautiful prose and humanitarian heart."
—Barbara Kingsolver

"Demetria Martínez has pulled out all the stops: here is truth to arouse any hardened heart; here is the 'insanity' of a woman in love calling forth a revolutionary lucidity. Read it. Get angry. And act."
—Luis J. Rodríguez, Author of Always Running

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Barbara Kingsolver
A book that becomes more timely everyday, in our present political climate, and deserves the widest possible audience for its beautiful prose and humanitarian heart.
Alice Walker
It is a great beauty of a book. I am so proud of Demetria Martinez for standing with and for the disappeared.
Luis J. Rodriguez
Demetria Martinez has pulled out all the stops: here is truth to arouse any hardened heart; here is the 'insanity' of a woman in love calling forth a revolutionary lucidity. Read it. Get angry. And act.
—(Luis J. Rodriguez, author of Always Running)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345416568
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 540,751
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 7.46 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2005

    Captivating!

    This is written as a gathering of journal entries, poems, grocery lists, newspaper articles, etc., as a middle aged woman looking back at her younger days - love, smuggling refugees, domestic violence, sexual abuse... The work reads more like a poem throughout, and some of the lines are so emotive that I found myself rereading them over and over again... One line said the rain sounded like pinon nuts being poured into a mason jar... Isn't that just amazing?

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  • Posted June 4, 2010

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    Beautiful and devastating

    Demetria Martinez writes with great skill and a wide-open heart. It takes courage to write like this. I will never forget Mary / María and José Luia.

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