Under the Mesquite

By LibrisNotes

Guadalupe Garcia McCall’s novel is a beautiful rendering of a teenager’s struggle to cope with life changing events and the transition to another culture and to adulthood. The poetry is simple, easily conveying the beauty of life in Mexico and alternatively, the struggles in America; the happy family days and in contrast, the tragedy of Mami’s illness.

I found myself quickly rooting for Lupita and easily identifying with her struggles in life, even though I have little in common with her. Some tragedies transcend location and time and Garcia-McCall’s poems reflect this.

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Garcia-McCall has succeeded in writing a novel that allows readers everywhere to identify with Lupita’s life, the problems she encounters, her loss and her Latino culture. Beautifully written and deeply authentic.