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Secrets and Lies in El Salvador: Shelly's Journey Paperback – February 10, 2015
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"In her debut book, rising author Sherrie Miranda scripts a story that is not for the faint of heart. Miranda's narrative tightly interweaves fictional characters within historical environs that zeroes in on the plight of the poor. A mix of injustices that convolutes family relations and Shelly's personal experiences and struggles, Miranda aptly sheds light on the complicated issues about the smallest as well as the most densely populated country in Central America. A combination of cliffhanging chapter closures and unexpected scenes, Miranda's novel is certain to be a wonderful addition to Central American history collections." - San Diego Book Review Magazine
About the Author
Sherrie Miranda is an author, English/ELD teacher, and peacemaker. She was a member of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador from 1981 to 1992. She was member of a fact-finding delegation with CISPES in 2002. In 2009, she graduated suma cum laude from National University, where she received a MFA in Creative Writing.
Sherrie does whatever she can to create more peace and understanding in the world. She hopes to become a Life Stories workshop facilitator for both seniors and troubled teens. She lives in Southern California with her husband, a musician and teacher. When Sherrie has time, she gardens and collects vintage furniture. She also loves to travel.
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Secrets and Lies in El Salvador is written with passion, through the eyes of a naïve and courageous young American woman who learns she is related to a left wing poet from the country. Involved with the rebel cause, she is drawn into the conflict as a photographer to document the ill treatment of political prisoners. Along the way, she encounters danger, prejudice, brutality and the unthinking cruelty of ill-educated people pushed into violence by a fascist regime. But she also finds the love of family, generosity, amazing bravery, true friendship and love.
The characters acting out this drama are real people. In fact, the book is based on real incidents and the detail in the account shows this. But Sherrie Miranda has grown to know and love her characters in such a way that the reader becomes a friend as well. Character is an essential element to fiction for me and this book serves the reader well in its portrayal of this fascinating and disparate group of individuals.
There is a great story carrying the characters through the book. Not for the faint-hearted, this adventure is also a romance; this social commentary is also a lesson in the power of love; this documentary on political excess is also a window into the blindness of religion. This isn’t a tale with a single message, but a multi-layered story that will break your heart, drag you through injustice and poverty and bring you out smiling at the tenacity of humanity in the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed the read and recommend it to all who love good fiction with heart and soul.
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