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Books | American Tumbleweeds

American Tumbleweeds, the saga of an Mexican-American Border Family, tackles the issues that matter.

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The political atmosphere and today’s enduring cultural transformations promise to keep immigration controversies and the U.S. borders in the news, but Marta Elva’s new novel American Tumbleweeds promises keep the borderlands on our hearts and minds. You can now pick up your own copy of American Tumbleweeds, but be careful because you may not be able to put it down!

Once you meet Mexican-American Inez and her family, you’ll be turning pages to discover how they cope when revolutionary ideas and cherished tradition clash against each other. The situation is made even more complex when Inez’s father is arrested for smuggling marijuana, and Inez’s family strives to connect and cling to love, tradition. Though adolescent Inez lives in the social upheaval of late 1960’s El Paso, her story reflects the stories of all those who hover between nations, soar between cultures, or face the brink of adulthood.

Elva’s novel is more than a coming-of-age story; it tells a story that history would be incomplete without. It is a story of bravery, family, and humanity, one that everyone should know.

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About the author:

Ariana is a junior at UCLA studying English with a focus in Creative Writing. She is also studying Education and Theater and hopes to take her writing to several different fields, including both journalism and fiction writing. As an Assistant Editor at Latin é she hopes to use her own style and flair to bring the amazing things happening in the community to a wider audience.

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