Seven characters. Seven stories that capture uniquely American slices of the Latino immigrant experience. Seven explorations of humanity, longing, suffering and hope that beckon for America to reconsider and revolutionize its views of immigrants and immigration.
An idealistic Mexican colonel obsessed with building a better Mexico loses his daughters to the allure of America. A young Latina struggles to communicate with her immigrant grandfather when her mother prohibits her from speaking Spanish. A boy grapples with the slippery nature of laws, rules and ambition along the US-Mexico border in his quest for the American Dream. An elderly woman’s land, life and loyalties are divided by a controversial border fence. A South American immigrant encounters racism and love in an LA elevator as turmoil swirls around a radical change in immigration policy. In post-apocalyptic New York, a Latina fights to defend the last vestiges of a nation’s pride as disgruntled creditors threaten to confiscate the Statue of Liberty. And a resourceful American survivor seeks freedom and peace on foreign soil.
Rudy Ruiz’s fiction debut received prizes in four categories of the 2014 International Latino Book Awards: Best Popular Fiction Book (1st Place), Most Inspirational Fiction Book (2nd Place), Best First Book – Fiction (1st Place), and Best Cover Design – Fiction (Honorable Mention). The awards took place during the American Library Association’s annual conference.
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