Speak of It: A Memoir

Speak of It: A Memoir

by Marcos McPeek Villatoro
Speak of It: A Memoir

Speak of It: A Memoir

by Marcos McPeek Villatoro


    Qualifies for Free Shipping
    Available for Pre-Order. This item will be available on September 15, 2023

    Sorry! Store Pickup is currently unavailable.


In Speak of It, Marcos McPeek Villatoro explores how he channeled his Latino roots to come to terms with the childhood sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of a relative in his home in Appalachia, and he recounts his ensuing struggle with trauma and mental illness.

The son of a Salvadoran mother and Scotch Irish mechanic father, Marcos spent much of his life trying to break away from his Southern Appalachian past and the trauma experienced there and striving to get closer to his Salvadoran heritage. His journey includes steeping himself in the Spanish language and Latin American literature, especially the work of Gabriel García Marquez; a stint in Nicaragua with Witness for Peace, followed by missionary work in Guatemala; and social-justice work with Mexican migrant farmworkers in Alabama. Each experience brought him closer to understanding where he came from and to forging an identity as a whole self in the wake of trauma.

Riveting, horrifying, moving, and inspiring, Speak of It is a testament to the healing power of language, books, and identity.

Related collections and offers

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826365323
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 09/15/2023
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Marcos McPeek Villatoro is the author of six novels, two collections of poetry, and a memoir. His Romilia Chacón crime fiction books have won national acclaim (named a Best Book by the Los Angeles Times) and have been translated into German, Russian, Portuguese, and Japanese. Villatoro holds the Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair in Writing at Mount St. Mary's University, where he lectures on poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and his Latino and Appalachian heritages. He lives in Los Angeles, California. For more about the author's work, visit www.thewritingbull.com.

Customer Reviews