Published in 2012. In writing this book I was intrigued by the idea of a young woman growing up between two cultures: her father’s humble Mexican heritage and her mother’s upperclass caucasian background. She is a dark-skinned girl raised by her lily-white grandparents in suburbia. There is a mystery concerning her father, and to find answers, she must go to her father’s village in Mexico. There she discovers something about herself.
Excerpts from Tio Jorge: “The crowd parted slightly and I saw him—a tall thin man in his fifties, slightly hunched over in an ill-fitting suit. He was staring, and seemed to be focused on me. The intensity of his stare made me shudder. I tried to ignore him and looked away, but my eyes were drawn back to him. At second glance it was not the stare of a rude person, but the faraway gaze of someone carrying the weight of the past.”
“I went into Conchita’s warm kitchen with the intention of blackmailing her into telling me my past. The grandparents had forbidden her to tell me anything about my early years and especially the circumstances around my mother’s death. They also had forbidden her to speak Spanish to me.”
“I opened the door and felt the cool dampness infused with the fragrance of tropical green. The sight of the young man at the door made me take a step back. He looked like a deranged scarecrow that had been left out in the rain. His head was unprotected from the shower that poured off the roof as he gripped his straw hat in his hands.”
Tio Jorge is available in print and Kindle formats: https://www.amazon.com/Tio-Jorge-Vincent-Meis/dp/061562023X?ie=UTF8&qid=1336689584&ref_=sr_1_2&s=books&sr=1-2
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