North of the Mexican border, survival has a price.
Teresa sells souvenirs to tourists in the marketplace in Centro, the heart of Nogales, and feeds her father's fighting roosters. It's all she's ever known. When a letter promises a better life in the United States for Teresa, her mother, and her sisters, they leave home under cover of darkness, like so many before them.
Ana, a young, single mother, cooks at a convent and orphanage until she receives an offer she can't refuse from a wealthy employer in Arizona. She walks away from the convent, her religion, and Centro, swearing never to return.
For two women, a generation apart, a border fence and bone-littered desert are the least of what separates subsisting in Sonora from surviving in Arizona.
In her debut novel, Fisher crafts a richly textured, multi-layered story of depravity, family bonds, and sacrifice for women who dare to dream of life beyond borders.
Praise for Girls from Centro
Author JA Fisher delivers in this, her debut novel. A well crafted story of generations of women struggling to survive the seedy world of human trafficking and cult religion. Each character introduction is woven in a way that leaves the reader hungry to see where the character fits as the pattern of the story reveals itself. This book is a page-turner that I recommend to anyone who likes a well executed read.
~ Mary Matli, winner of The Georgie Sicking Poetry Award