Tropical Depression

Tropical Depression

by Patti Liszkay
Tropical Depression

Tropical Depression

by Patti Liszkay


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"Cultural anecdotes along with a cast of well-developed characters create a memorable tale examining our differences and the commonalities that unite us all. 5 Stars!" -Gail Ward Olmsted, author of Landscape of a Marriage

Set in the steamy equatorial rain forest of Nicaragua, Tropical Depression tells a poignant, touchingly funny tale of a young couple, Lupe and Ascensión Guzman, who, after being deported from the United States, have returned to their jungle village of Krukrulitos at the foot of the percolating volcano Momotombo. Here they struggle to readjust to life under one roof with Ascensión's overbearing, over-opinionated, up-in-your-business extended family where emotions are always simmering and the roost is ruled by Ascensión's mother, the family's iron-willed matriarch.

Lupe and Ascensión grieve privately, in what little privacy they can find, for the American-born child they were forced to leave behind and Lupe suffers from bouts of depression that Ascensión's relatives see as laziness from having lived in American comfort and make her the target of her mother-in-law's wrath and her sister-in-law's envy.

But a chain of events begins to unwind that causes Lupe to find her voice and strength, forces Ascensión to man up to his family, and offers both the hope of seeing their child again.

Tropical Depression can be read as a stand-alone story or as the final book of a trilogy, following the books Equal and Opposite Reactions and Hail Mary, heart-tugging comedies that can be woven together to tell a continuing tale of human relationships and contemporary social issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781685131838
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Publication date: 04/27/2023
Series: Equal and Opposite Reactions Trilogy , #3
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Novelist, playwright, and blogger Patti Liszkay lives in Columbus, Ohio. Her comedy The Cosmic Oy was produced by Curtain Players and she co-wrote with composer Elmer Cabotage the comic operetta The Town of Hard Times. You can follow Patti's blog Ailantha at
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