When Nita DeLeon's mother died, she took with her a deep
family secret. Now, almost twenty-five years later, after
Nita's father suffers a debilitating stroke, Nita begins
sifting through his papers and obligations for some
semblance of familyonly to find a letter, hidden
inside her mother's old address book...
My dear Regina: You are right. It is time. A family
this small cannot afford a rift this wide. Now that we are
all in a safe harbor, there is no reason for continued
silence...I will wait to hear from you. Pancha.
Nita had been told that Aunt Pancha had died young. She is
about to learn that everything she knew about her parents'
past, and her own Guatemalan roots, was a lie. And as Nita
pieces together her parents' story, she gains comfort and
strength in a man named Juno, who helps her heal the
wounds of the pastand find hope for a more
The San Antonio Express-News hailed her debut novel,
Frontera Street, as "heartrending" and "insightful," and
the El Paso Times called it "superb" and "entertaining."
Now Tanya Maria Barrientos offers a poignant new novel
about the cultural boundaries that divide us and the
family bonds that define us...