Under the Mesquite

By Mercury News

“This lyrical, loving tribute to a Mexican-American immigrant family shows how it coped with a mother’s illness. As a teen, Lupita is called upon to care for her siblings at home and deal with family finances while her father accompanies her mother to a clinic for treatment. The story is communicated in verse, with staggering simplicity and sincerity: “Cancer has more than/ invaded our home./ It has closed the doors/ behind itself, drawn the curtains,/ and locked us in for good.” Through it all, the family’s bonds remain firm, and its will to survive proves as stubborn as the mesquite tree under which Lupita likes to rest.”

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