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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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The story takes place in Roanoke, Virginia, and follows three main characters.
I felt for all three in their plights to make the best of some bad situations and keep their faith in an unforgiving world. And I loved how relatable they all are, even though I thankfully haven’t been in any of their situations. Though all three come from different places, they’re all kind of in the same boat.
Tim is a born-and-raised American who was doing quite well for himself before he was laid off. He and his wife belong to a country club, and their children attended private school, until the family couldn’t afford it anymore.
Juanita is a foreigner who can’t read, knows little English, and has few marketable skills, but still works her knuckles to the bone to provide for her daughter.
And Linda, a smart, hard-working college student has dreams of landing a great job, like her peers. She’s top in her class, she works early mornings, nights, and weekends, and all she knows is Virginia -- but as an undocumented immigrant, she's not a legit American.
Despite their differences, society doesn’t want any of them. Nobody wants Linda, an undocumented student “freeloading” off our public school system and “stealing all our jobs.” Nobody wants Juanita, who “can’t even speak English properly” and didn’t come here “the legal way.” And nobody wants Tim, an executive-turned-mechanic who reminds us all of how very short the distance is between prosperity and bankruptcy.
Society might not want them, but it needs them.
Before reading this, I knew almost nothing about undocumented immigrants or the Dream Act, or what it might be like to live in communities of immigrants (both legal and not.) I didn’t know undocumented immigrants could attend college in the U.S. It didn’t occur to me that someone living here since early childhood is still in danger, at any moment, of being deported back to a country they don’t remember, and where they don’t know anyone, have any money, or even know the language anymore.
I'd also forgotten, as maybe a lot of us have, that although our economy is growing, there are still so many people out of work and struggling to make ends meet.
At its simplest level, this book tells one heckuva good story. But at its best, it makes you think, it teaches you something, and it’s desperately needed for our times.
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.