August 31, 2011

BOOK OF THE MONTH: MOTHER TONGUE by Demetria Martinez

  
MOTHER TONGUE
By Demetria Martinez
A One World Book
Ballantine Books



SUMMARY:  Mary is nineteen and living alone in Albuquerque. Adrift in the wake of her mother's death, she longs for something meaningful to take her over. Then José Luis enters her life. A refugee from El Salvador and its bloody civil war, José has been smuggled to the United States as part of the sanctuary movement. Mary cannot help but fall in love with the movement and the man. And little by little, she begins to reveal to José Luis the part of herself she has never known. . . .

The truth is stranger than fiction…. MOTHER TONGUE is based in part upon Martinez's 1988 trial for conspiracy against the United States government in connection with smuggling Salvadoran refugees into the country, a charge that with others carried a 25 -year prison sentence. A religion reporter at the time, covering the faith-based Sanctuary Movement, Martinez was found not guilty on First Amendment Grounds. MOTHER TONGUE was the winner of a Western States Book Award for Fiction. For more on the author and her books, visit her at http://www.demetriamartinez.com/.

Happy Reading, and as always, Read Latino.♥