By Désirée Zamorano

Désirée Zamorano writes in order to shred the cloak of invisibility thrust upon Latinas. Her novel, The Amado Women, from Cinco Puntos Press, will be out Spring 2014. Four women, linked by birth, separated by secrets, struggle to reconnect.

  1. In May I went to the Book Expo of America at the Javits Convention center to read from my novel. The Amado Women is a story of the lives of four women, who, like me, happen to be Mexican American. I was excited to attend to sign copies of this novel, which represented so many gritos y lagrimas, shrieks and tears. When I got there, I realized the convention center was as huge as Manhattan:…

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  2. We boarded the metro at Chilpancingo and exited at the Tlatelolco stop. We headed to Plaza de las tres Culturas, Plaza of the Three Cultures. A ten-minute walk through a rougher-than-we-were-used-to Mexico City neighborhood, then up a stairway and left onto the overpass. From there we stopped to take pictures and gaze at the scarred and scavenged ruins of Tlatelolco. Our guidebooks seemed to downplay its value as a destination, and yet the archaeological site…

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