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2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award 2012 ILBA Mariposa Award for Best First Book Set in Chandler, Arizona, during the city's infamous 1997 migrant sweeps, this riveting tale brings to life the social issues that arise from border policy and economic inequity. Palacio skillfully weaves a story of politics, intrigue, love, and trust in a community that is suspicious of others, an attitude she experienced firsthand after moving to Chandler in the late 1990s. "The neighbors suspected that the house I bought was a way-station for undocumented immigrants," she recalls. Thus, the seeds for Ocotillo Dreams were sown. In it, we meet Isola, a young woman who inherits a Chandler home and relocates there temporarily. There she learns that her mother had lived a secret life of helping the undocumented workers. Isola must confront her own confusion and sense of loyalty in a strange and unwelcoming environment. As she gets to know her mother from clues left behind, she grapples with issues of identity and belonging that lead her on a journey toward purpose in life and reconnection with her roots. 

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I write fiction and poetry and non-fiction articles as well. My work as a reporter in Arizona fueled my interest in historical fiction and writing about immigration. Ocotillo Dreams, because of the current immigration debate and the banning of books by Latino authors, has now become a contemporary novel. I am proud that my research helped the book receive an honorable mention in the historical fiction category at the ILBA Awards, the same organization that deemed Ocotillo Dreams the winner of the 2012 Mariposa Award for Best First Book. Ocotillo Dreams will also receive the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature, December 2012.
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"A must-read for those who seek the heart's truth on both sides of the border." -- Stella Pope Duarte, author of I Die in Juárez and Fragile Night

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  • PublisherBilingual Review Press
  • Publication date2011
  • ISBN 10 1931010765
  • ISBN 13 9781931010764
  • BindingPaperback
  • Number of pages198
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