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Vivir el Dream Paperback – May 16, 2017
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About the Author
Allison K. Garcia is a Licensed Professional Counselor, but she has wanted to be a writer ever since she could hold a pencil. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Shenandoah Valley Writers, Virginia Writers Club, and is Municipal Liaison for Shenandoah Valley NaNoWriMo. Allison’s short story, “At Heart,” was published in the Winter 2013 edition of From the Depths literary magazine, along with her flash fiction. Her work, “You Shall Receive,” was published in GrayHaven Comics’s 2014 All Women’s anthology. Winning an honorary mention in the ACFW Virginia 2015 short story contest, “Just Another Navidad” was published in A bit of Christmas. Allison finaled in the 2016 ACFW Genesis Contest for Vivir el Dream, to be published May 2017. Latina at heart, Allison has been featured in local newspapers for her connections in the Latino community in Harrisonburg, Virginia. A member of cultural competency committees for work and a participant in several Dream Act rallies and other events in her region, she also sings on the worship team and enjoys get-togethers with the hermanos in her church. With the help of her husband, Julio, and their son, Miguel, she has been able to nurture her love for the Latino people.
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Linda Palacios is an undocumented college student. Brought to the United States at the age of three, Virginia is all she knows. It’s her home and the community she lives in helps define her identity.
I loved how Ms. Garcia explored the prejudice and ignorance the outside world has regarding immigration. I loved getting to know Linda and see her strengths. She taught me so much.
Ms. Garcia also gives us the view point of Juanita, Linda’s mother. You get to see the reasons behind her decision to immigrate across the Mexican border into the U.S. My heat ached for her as bits and pieces of her story were slowly shared.
And Tim. I struggled between empathizing with his plight and being extremely annoyed (that’s the nicest thing I can say) about his prejudice and ignorance of the Latino community. As a fellow writer, I admire the depth Ms. Garcia went through creating his character. You can see the stereotypes that others believe through his eyes. I think he’ll be the eye opener for readers. Will they see similar prejudices and ignorance?
Vivir el Dream really made me think about the truth of “walking a mile in someone’s shoes.” This is a must read for all who want to understand another culture and widen their views.
*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.
Linda Palacios was brought to the United States by her mother when she was just three years old. Now, forced to pay the price for a decision she had no part in, Linda is deported back to Mexico though she has broken no laws and has lived the life of a hard working American.
Well done, Allison. This was such an enjoyable read. I learned things about the plight of undocumented people I never took into consideration before. You've opened my eyes.
I purchased a copy of this book from the author. The review is my own honest assessment of this wonderful book.
Your characters were real. They evoked the spectrum of emotions where you were disappointed in some, hoped for others, and felt the love and friendship throughout. And some that you would definitely not be friendly with (Wendy comes to mind. I blame her as much as I blame Tim for the events that happened). I could relate to a number of the scenarios in the book (Kevin and Linda’s story), and could sympathize with the others.
I loved that the main characters had such a strong faith – sometimes it our faith that gets us through the hard times and those moments that rock our world (good, bad, or indifferent).
I would recommend this book to anyone. Even if they are on the fence with the main issue, I think the family angle, the dream to be a success in all aspects of life, and the faith and trust in God would resonate with everybody.