REVIEW: Under The Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

This is a coming of age story I will want my daughter to read.

For two days, I was thrust into Lupita’s world, the teenaged daughter of Mexican immigrants who have built a middle-class life in Texas. She’s the eldest of eight children who have a loving mother and father. Theirs is the happy tale of immigrants achieving the American dream.

But then Mami is diagnosed with cancer. Continue reading


Writing About My Character’s Race

I was going to write about the novel I’m working on in this post. Then I decided that I wanted to take a stab at writing about a decision I was struggling with until a particular controversy exploded online. Continue reading