Honored that my book, “Blackbirds in the Pomegranate Tree: Stories from Ixcotel State Prison” won second place in the North Street Book Prize contest for self-published books. Even more honored that the reviewer said this:
“I hope this book reaches a wide readership for its poetic imagery and its contributions to women’s studies and Mexican cross-cultural understanding.
I wrote this critique in the final days of January 2017, when Donald Trump’s desire to build “a wall” along the Mexican border has put Mexico in the news. Most Americans, myself included, need to know more about Mexico, its history, economics, and people… As a native New Englander with family ties to Québec, I know a lot about Canada; I’ve visited it many times and speak both languages. But I know little about Mexico. This lack of knowledge about our other national neighbor cannot stand, especially now. This book has made me realize that many Americans need to know more about Mexico—lots more. I urge everyone to read this book and learn about this beautiful and complicated country.”
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“What we all need to do is find the wellspring that keeps us going, that gives us the strength and patience to keep up this struggle for a long time.” Winona LaDuke