Two Zapatista women, bound by cultural expectations, struggle to express the truth of their lives in the highlands of Chiapas.
International Latino Book Award finalist, “Most Inspirational Fiction Book”
2020 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Multi-cultural
Silver in Multicultural Fiction, Independent Publisher Book Awards
Zia Book Award finalist
Balcones Fiction Prize finalist
Starred review from School Library Journal
Magdalena summons the soul of her friend, Lucia, who migrated north to find work and disappeared. She tells daughter Veronica how they yearned to be teachers. How poverty and gender roles stole away their dreams. Yet, each woman remained true to herself, Lucia as a Zapatista leader and curandera; Magdalena as a weaver and community organizer. But poverty is cruel.