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"Vourvoulias masterfully weaves an increasingly complex parallel universe at once fantastical and eerily familiar: a not-so-farfetched future world where myth and legend cohabit with population control schemes, media cover-ups, and subcutaneous GPS trackers. She takes us on a whirlwind, goose-bump-inducing exploration of the dualities of life and death, the light and darkness of the human spirit, the indelibility of ink as both marker and recorder of our lives and the shape-shifting, vile nature of colonialism and bigotry. By the time you reach the novel s bittersweet ending, you will know: this story is as immortal as the souls of the nahuales of our ancestors lore, and perhaps just as powerful" --~ Elianne Ramos, vice-chair of Latinos in Social Media (LATISM)

"Readers will be moved by this call for justice in the future and the present." --Publisher's Weekly

"A chilling tale of American apartheid, and the power of love, myth and community." --Reforma

About the Author

Sabrina Vourvoulias is a Latina newspaper editor, blogger and writer. An American citizen from birth, she grew up in Guatemala and first moved to the United States when she was 15. She studied writing and filmmaking at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y. In addition to numerous articles and editorial columns in several newspapers in Pennsylvania and New York state, her work has been published in Dappled Things, Graham House Review, La Bloga’s Floricanto, Poets Responding to SB 1070, Scheherezade’s Bequest at Cabinet des Fees, We’Moon, Crossed Genres #24, the anthologies Fat Girl in a Strange Land and Crossed Genres Year Two, and is slated to appear in upcoming issues of Bull Spec and GUD magazines. Her blog Following the Lede ( was nominated for a 2011 Latinos in Social Media (LATISM) award. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter. Follow her antics on Twitter @followthelede.

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  • File Size: 732 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crossed Genres Publications (October 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009LL3YRU
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,880 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sabrina Vourvoulias was born in Bangkok, Thailand -- the daughter of a Mexican-Guatemalan visual artist and an American businessman. She grew up in Guatemala and moved to the United States when she was fifteen. Her poetry has appeared in Dappled Things, Graham House Review, Scheherezade's Bequest at Cabinet des Fées, La Bloga's Floricanto, Poets Responding to SB 1070, and upcoming in the anthology In Other Words. Her short fiction has appeared in Crossed Genres Issue 24, Strange Horizons, and upcoming in GUD magazine and on in December of 2014 and April of 2015. It has also been published in the following anthologies: Crossed Genres Year Two; Fat Girl in a Strange Land; Menial: Skilled Labor in SF; Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, and in The Many Tortures of Anthony Cardno. Her novel, Ink ( was released by Crossed Genres Publications October 15, 2012, and was named to Latinidad's "Best Books of 2012" list in December. Her blog Following the Lede ( was nominated for a Latinos in Social Media (LATISM) award in 2011.
She is the managing editor of AL DÍA News Media, and is the editor of their book, 200 Years of Latino History in Philadelphia.
Follow her on twitter as @followthelede.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 10, 2013
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I loved this book. It was troubling, funny, beautiful, exciting. The near-future dystopian crisis of immigration rings truer every day and the characters are alive. INK guides us through a broken, angry world through the POVs of various players in the coming culture wars. Each struggles through the emotional, political landscape of privilege, power and heartbreak as the carnage of xenophobia drives faultlines between families, friends and lovers. There are a few moments I wanted more from; at times we switch into someone else's mind just when I was warming to the character we'd been with. Ultimately, INK achieves that most-difficult balance between telling the hard truths about our troubled future and weaving an engaging, page-turning story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Bowles on April 19, 2015
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One of the most powerful roles that speculative fiction, especially dystopian sci-fi, plays in the literary community is that of cautionary prophet, spinning visionary depictions of what the sins of the present may lead us to. Classics like “Fahrenheit 451,” “The Handmaid’s Tale”and“Nineteen Eighty-Four” have become staples of high school and college curricula precisely because of their startling oracular power, that gut punch of plausibility that leaves readers reeling.

With “Ink,”Sabrina Vourvoulias — a writer, journalist and editor with Mexican-Guatemalan roots — has added a powerful meditation on immigration to this growing sub-genre. Set in the very near future, the novel depicts an America in which immigrants are required to receive a biometric tattoo in place of documentation, with colors corresponding to status.

The novel, which spans several years, depicts how this first repressive step (not as unbelievable as I would hope, given the current anti-immigrant climate in our country) leads to further persecution: the banning of the use of Spanish in public, creation of sanatoriums for supposedly sick “Inks” (as recipients of the tattoos are called), reversal of the rights of naturalized citizens, installation of tracking devices, sterilization and finally mass deportation.

Vourvoulias makes the brave choice of telling this story broadly and loosely, using four very different characters in New York State whose intersecting narratives weave together a compelling tapestry of communal victory.

Finn is a journalist whose interest in the Inks is at first a reflection of his desire to sell news, but whose love for an immigrant embroils him emotionally and intellectually with the movement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna Abruzzese on April 17, 2014
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This dark tale, seeped in magical realism, has the feel of a great dystopian young adult novel. What strikes me as unique, however, is that the whole society that this story is set in is not a dystopian one. Most people within the society go about their lives with little awareness about the fate their governments draconian policies are inflicting upon the minority population. In creating a dystopia in and among every day life, Sabrina Vourvoulias has created an engaging love story/ war epic that deeply explores the concept of privilege.

The immigrant population in this society (which seems otherwise indistinguishable from modern U.S.)are "inked" or tattooed with identifying bar codes that track their immigration status. We enter the story at a point in which the policy had already taken hold and it's consequences began to spin out. Those marked became even easier to discriminate against. Fear, hatred, racism; the focal point for all became anyone who was "other-ed" in this way. Volunteer border patrol agents would take the law into their own hands... law enforcement agents would see color as a mark of criminal intent... ultimately marginalization wouldn't satisfy and things got increasingly worse. The consequences are laid out in manner similar to what we have witnessed throughout history.

Though dark and realistic, the story is threaded through with hope, passion, love and magic. Vourvoulias incorporated some of the more mystical aspects of Latin American culture into the lives of her characters. Magic was used as a natural tool of survival and a deep well of emotional strength.

Her characters loved deeply and in realistically flawed ways. Not every love story had its "happily ever after," making each more precious for the time it had in this world.

I read Ink obsessively and was sad to have to leave the world and vibrant characters Vourvoulias had developed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tld on November 18, 2013
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I said while I was reading this book that there were many times I had to close the book (turn off the Kindle) and walk away because it was too possible. I can see the path that leads from the now I live in to the events of this book. I can see it clearly in the proposed laws about identification and education. I can see people and officials desiring a way to mark people permanently, so they and we can never mistake or forget who they are.

The inks in this book--those marked with tattoos denoting their immigration status--are, as they are in this world, Latinos. All Latinos. Even those who are citizens are tattooed, likely so that even they can some day be rounded up. (Notice, every Latino is tattooed. Not every immigrant, every Latino. No matter how many generations back their family came to the US, no matter their legal immigration status. Because it isn't immigration that's the true issue, it's race.)

Something that struck me in particular was a scene where a white man and a Latina woman were discussing proposed ink regulations. She was upset by it, because even though she was a citizen she could see how this harmed her. He commented something along the lines of it is what it is, easily accepting these laws because they didn't directly harm him. This is now. This is institutionalized racism.

I also said once during reading that a certain couple was making me grin like a fool while I was reading about their courtship. The characters in this book feel so real in themselves and in their various relationships. Some are lovers, some friends, some only acquaintances, but all are brought together by this process and all live their lives with it constantly in the background. And that's part of the message: that they keep living their lives, and the fight goes on.
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