RICHMOND, Va., May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Marta Elva's American Tumbleweeds is "an experience all Americans should know about," says acclaimed author and actress Sonia Manzano. The novel, now available from booksellers, draws a line to the hotly debated immigration issue with the saga of a family straddling the Mexican-American border.
Set in El Paso, Texas, and Juárez, Mexico, Marta Elva's novel, American Tumbleweeds, tells the bittersweet story of a Mexican-American family's struggle to stay together as tradition collides with the social upheaval of 1960s America.
John Sayles, filmmaker, author, and MacArthur Fellow, says, "Marta Elva pulls us into the minds of a half-dozen members of a border family in crisis, dramatizing the state of living ni aqui, ni alla—neither here nor there geographically and emotionally. A moving first novel."
Inez's family threatens to fly apart when her father gets arrested smuggling marijuana into the U.S. Inez finds refuge in the old ways cherished by her beloved Mexican grandmother. But life in El Paso is more exciting, as new personal freedom shatters traditions both sides of the border.
American Tumbleweeds captures the growing pains of a young girl and of all immigrant families whose dual cultural identities lend them both strength and strife. From Amalia, the grandmother, to Inez, woman-child of the 1960s, these "American tumbleweeds" portray every family: loving and clinging, wounding each other deeply while comforting each other in the soul-deep ways that only families can reach.
American Tumbleweeds is available in paperback and ebook, and is published by Circling Rivers, a new independent publisher of Americana: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Marta Elva was born in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and raised in El Paso, Texas. Her career as a writer, producer, editor and camera operator in television and independent film spans over three decades and includes several Emmy-nominated shows, notably PBS WNET New York's "Setting the Stage." She and her husband raised two children and now live on Florida's Gulf Coast.
Circling Rivers is a new independent publisher of Americana: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
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SOURCE Circling Rivers