A feisty American-born, socialist woman struggles after her husband disappears in El Salvador and is presumed dead. She spends two months in El Salvador searching for his body and returns to Los Angeles only to face a spiraling economy and no job prospects. She meets a Castro-hating Cuban with a crippling Madonna-whore complex who falls in love with her, but he fears introducing her to his family. She squelches a suicidal depression with a garden created on an empty lot outside her illegal dwelling, in one of Los Angeles's worst skid row districts. She displaces her love for her husband into an unusual dependence on the family dog. She fears an unsolved murder of five vagrants a block away from where she lives. She awaits a letter from her husband that will change her life. She is followed by a hired assassin concerned she knows too much about his organization's operations.
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After taking a few years off in 2005 to publish short stories, essays, flash fiction and poetry to hone her skills, Jennifer Lawson - Zepeda's life took a turn. In 2006 the couple fled Tijuana, and were separated by Homeland Security until 2010, as her husband applied for asylum as a refugee. He was deported three years later. Her focus revolves around cross-border relations, and socio-political stories of Latino cultures. Her work is published in SoMA Literary Review, Events Quarterly, Moondance, The Legendary and Eclectica Magazine. She now lives in El Salvador, reunited with her husband.
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