Under the Mesquite

By Biblio File

It’s beautifully written and such a change of pace. I loved the exploration of how Lupita tries to hold it together – both herself and her family. Her relationship with her parents and her siblings and how these change, both because of age and because of the what the family is dealing with. I loved the family – they’re close while still being realistic. Siblings and parents fight, but they make up. Relationships change, but the underlying love doesn’t. The verse format allows for some wonderful imagery and metaphor, as well alluding to the fact that Lupita is a writer and writing poetry (but not the poetry we’re reading) is one of the ways she tries to sort out her thoughts and feelings. It was a Morris finalist and the Bel Pre Author winner and it’s not hard to see why.