Under the Mesquite

By Spanglish Ink

“This is a coming of age story I will want my daughter to read . . . I’m happy-as-pie to have discovered Garcia McCall. She’s a talented writer who uses free verse to wind us in an out of the details of Lupita’s world. I was immersed in the setting of Texas, and Mexico, as well as the pain of coming to terms with a beloved mother’s passing. Lupita uses her love of acting to survive. In one scene, Lupita is advised to use lollipops to lose her accent, which eventually means she’s made fun of for losing her Mexicanness. Her response: “I know who I am.”

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