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This is a feature created by Jill at Breaking The Spine where we share some books we are anxiously awaiting.
This week's pick...
Dream Things Trueby Marie Marquardt
Expected publication: September 1st 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together they face perils in their hostile Georgia town. Evan, a soccer star and the nephew of a conservative Southern Senator, has never wanted for much -- except a functional family. Alma has lived in Georgia since she was two-years-old, excels in school, and has a large, warm Mexican family. Never mind their differences, the two fall in love, and they fall hard. But when ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) begins raids on their town, Alma knows that she needs to tell Evan her secret. There's too much at stake. But how to tell her country-club boyfriend that she’s an undocumented immigrant? That her whole family and most of her friends live in the country without permission. What follows is a beautiful, nuanced, well-paced exploration of the complications of immigration, young love, defying one’s family, and facing a tangled bureaucracy that threatens to completely upend two young lives.I picked this one since I never could resist a good Romeo & Juliet story. My significant other is half Mexican. After getting to know how awesome and successful his family is I realized that due to their heritage, they had to work twice as hard as most to prove they could be neurosurgeons, school administrators, and publicists. It makes me so sad to see them discriminated (to see anyone discriminated for that matter) due to their last name. I've seen my husband, being a double minority go thru similar struggles and these types of stories touch a soft spot in my heart. The mexican culture is brilliant and if you haven't had a homemade tamale...well let me just tell you, you haven't really lived my friend. I am really hoping to nab this one at BEA!!!