Under the Mesquite

By My Words Ate Me

Under the Mesquite is written in verse, and McCall’s poetry here was impeccable. With sparse but seamless writing, she wove a tale out of a mere handful of words on each page. This book is short at 144 pages, but the story is painted in broad brush strokes and conveys the powerful emotion and resilience of Lupita during her mother’s struggle with cancer.