--Eve Caram, UCLA Writers' Program
"Marisol's dialogue, thoughts, and actions convey [her] cultural traits . . .with characteristics that also transcend ethnic differences. She acts and sounds like a 14-year-old dealing with stress.
'--R.J.McDonnell, author, Rock and Roll Rip-off
Some Rivers End on the Day of the Dead is a coming-of-age book for all ages, and you can't say that very often. I found myself attached to Marisol, the strong Latina heroine.
--Dick King, The Price of Freedom, Hints Book Series, The Pursuit of Life
From the Author
Some Rivers End on the Day of the Dead follows Marisol's journey to understand her place in the world and to celebrate her Hispanic heritage. El Dia de los Muertos is not a "cult of death," but joyous days to rejoice in the lives of those we have lost. Marisol needs closure after losing her father, an American citizen and journalist, who is murdered while investigating the drug wars in Mexico.
The characters, from the English teacher to the Sneeds, are entirely fictional. Reviews mention Marisol's optimistic and humorous look at her struggles, something I worked to hone in this novel.
From the Inside Flap
Instead, she's thrown into an American high school, and her father is dead.
How she refuses to give up on her dreams, indeed to find her dreams, is the source of her story.
Read Some Rivers End on the Day of the Dead to follow Marisol and meet a wide array of buddies and bullies.
From the Back Cover
But Marisol's new home is a riverbed camp in a rich California suburb. A wildfire separates Marisol from her mother and her school. Cut off and alone, she challenges herself to find a way to reunite with her family and to celebrate the Day of the Dead in Mexico to honor her father with the proper traditions.
Some Rivers End is a book that will keep readers laughing, worrying, and cheering for its Hispanic protagonist, Marisol de Lira Lima. Some Rivers End will appeal to a wide audience, boys and girls, ages twelve and up as well as to adults. It is the first of a planned trilogy (coming: a prequel, The Pinata Maker's Daughter and a sequel, So You, Solimar).
About the Author
My father served in WWII on the carrier Enterprise, and joined the army after the war. I was an army brat. Before I was a one year old, we left for Germany, where my father was the commander of a brigade escorting the trains between Germany and the American sector of Berlin. We lived in Kassel and Frankfurt. Returning to the U.S., we moved to my mom's home town, the most southwesterly city in the U.S, Imperial Beach, California. My mom loved the outdoors and most of all, the ocean. She could body surf with the best of them, clear into her seventies!
It is at the center of my writing, this little town of Imperial Beach (fondly known as IB).
Many of my memoir stories and the novel-in-progress are set in Imperial Beach and the San Diego area, which will always be home to me. I left San Diego for UCLA and never lived "down south" full-time again.
Majoring in English at UCLA was a dream come true for me. . . I was going to get college credit for READING as much of the great literature of the world as the curriculum could require and then some, as I read in my free time too. And as I taught, I learned of more authors and more books, poems, essays. . .things I continue to think of and quote to myself even now.
I taught high school senior English until I realized that I had more homework (grading papers) than my students did and finally said, "Hey--it's time to LIVE!"
I am involved in the UCLA Writers' Program, which I love. I have used writing as my voice in the wilderness since I was about seven. As Annie Lamott said in "Bird by Bird," a writer is often the good, quiet child, watching from the sidelines, observing and remembering. So it was with me.