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AMERICAN TUMBLEWEEDS, a novel by MARTA ELVA

Set in the borderland of El Paso, Texas, and Juárez, Mexico, American Tumbleweeds tells the bittersweet story of a Mexican-American family’s struggle to stay together as tradition collides with the social upheaval of 1960s America.

This is the story of every family—for every family lives on borders of some kind—loving and clinging, wounding each other deeply while comforting each other in the soul-deep ways that only families can reach.  American Tumbleweeds captures poignantly the growing pains of a young girl and of all immigrants whose dual cultural identities lend them both strength and strife.

Poised between two countries and between childhood and adulthood, thirteen-year-old Inez must choose whether to make the dangerous leap her parents never quite made, the leap faced by every new American: letting go of the old country to embrace a new destiny in the United States.

The old ways cherished by her beloved Mexican grandmother offer refuge from the turmoil her family encounters after Inez’s father gets arrested for smuggling marijuana into the U.S. But life in El Paso is far more exciting, as mini-skirts, rock music, and the sexual revolution shatter tradition on both sides of the border.

Says Sonia Manzano, "Maria" of Sesame Street: "This is an experience all Americans should know about."

 

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