Ocotillo Dreams

Ocotillo Dreams

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by Melinda Palacio
     
 

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Set in Chandler, Arizona, during the city's infamous 1997 migrant sweeps, Ocotillo Dreams delivers a wallop that resonates in today's volatile immigration debate. But this is no- run- of the-mill border-debate tale. In this captivating first novel, author Melinda Palacio skillfully weave a story of politics, intrigue, love, and trust. Isola, a young: woman who

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Set in Chandler, Arizona, during the city's infamous 1997 migrant sweeps, Ocotillo Dreams delivers a wallop that resonates in today's volatile immigration debate. But this is no- run- of the-mill border-debate tale. In this captivating first novel, author Melinda Palacio skillfully weave a story of politics, intrigue, love, and trust. Isola, a young: woman who inherits her mother's Chandler home, relocates from California only to find that her mother had lived a secret life of helping undocumented immigrants and that one such immigrant apparently was involved with her. Isola must confront her own confusion and sense of loyalty in a strange and overtly hostile environment. As she gets to know her mother from clues left behind, she grapples with issues of identity and belonging that eventually lead her to explore her life's meaning and to reconnect with her roots.

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Publishers Weekly
Accomplished poet Palacio seamlessly transitions to fiction in her debut novel about identity, stereotypes, and prejudice in a Phoenix suburb. Isola leaves her San Francisco home and university community to claim the house in Chandler, Ariz., she inherited after her mother's death. Long estranged, Isola is unfamiliar with her mother's life, except for a monthly postcard of a blooming ocotillo cactus that proclaimed dreams came true in Chandler. Isola is startled to find a man, Cruz, asleep in the kitchen, whom she learns he knew her mother well and was one of many undocumented immigrants her mother (as a part of her work with Rescate Angeles) had helped cross the border, learn English, and find work. Additional surprises await Isola when new visitors arrive, slowly revealing the mother she never really knew. Polacio's poet's eye reveals a vibrantly painted desert culture of fragile beauty and uncompromising harshness. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781931010757
Publisher:
Bilingual Review Press (AZ)
Publication date:
07/28/2011
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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