Ximena overhears her parents talking - a conversation she is not supposed to hear. She catches the word, “father,” but wonders why they are whispering? She starts to wonder why she has no contact with her biological father.
At the same time, life is becoming more challenging for Ximena. At the age where her friends and cousins are having their quinceañeras, Ximena is forced to confront some ugliness that arises with the occurrence of these parties. Feeling like an outsider even in her own community, she begins to question everything about who she is. And, after learning what “away” really means, she is faced with a decision that will alter her life. And when she starts communicating with her biological father, Daniel, her life changes even more - as if she needs the extra drama.
In this story, read how a father and a daughter finally learn of each other’s existence and how they navigate that connection in challenging times; ones of overwhelm and danger. Can their newfound relationship withstand the pressures of life?
- 85 pages of text
- written in present tense
- written in 1st person singular
- the story is told alternately from the perspectives of the two main characters
- Spanish with several Latin-American characteristics
- setting: hispanic community in an American town
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