TREE OF SIGHS
a novel by Lucrecia Guerrero
Upon the sudden and tragic death of her parents, Altagracia faces an uncertain future with a bitter and secretive grandmother. After the two sink into poverty, the young girls ends up with a cruel Anglo woman who takes her to the United States, changes her name to Grace, and puts her to work as a full-time domestic servant. TREE OF SIGHS is the story of Grace’s journey to uncover her past as she straddles two cultures in the search of her own identity. After escaping servitude and imprisonment, Grace endures life on the streets and a succession of jobs, and she eventually lands in a comfortable marriage. But a phone call from a person in her past sets her on a journey to the border, where she meets a man who holds the key to her past, learns the truth about her grandmother, and ultimately finds herself.
Lucrecia Guerrero grew up on the US-Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona. She is the daughter of an Anglo American mother and Mexican father, and her writing often reflects her bilingual and bicultural upbringing. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Spalding University, and her work has appeared in such journals as THE ANTIOCH REVIEW and THE LOUISVILLE REVIEW. CHASING SHADOWS, a collection of linked short stories, was published by Chronicle Books, and she received a Christopher Isherwood Foundation Award based on a portion of TREE OF SIGHS.
314 pp . cloth . $27.00x . 978-1-931010-73-3
paper . $17.00 . 978-1-931010-74-0
Bilingual Review Press
Hispanic Research Center
Arizona State University
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