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$16.95  $15.59
She Writes Press
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.9 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Originally from upstate New York, Debra Thomas has lived in Southern California for most of her adult life. She holds both a bachelor's and a master's in English from California State University, Northridge, and attended the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. She has taught literature and writing at a Los Angeles public high school and English as a Second Language to adults from all over the world. Her experience as an advocate for immigrant and refugee rights led her to write Luz. She is currently at work on her second novel.


"This is a novel of great tenderness and great brutality--Debra is right inside of her characters' minds, bodies, spirits, their souls, and doesn't spare the reader either tenderness or brutality."
--Alma Luz Villanueva, author of The Ultraviolet Sky, winner of the American Book Award

"Debra Thomas has deftly interwoven the horrors and indignities, as well as triumphs, of the harrowing journey of Mexicans and Central Americans to the United States, 'bringing to light' the commonalities of what by appearances are insurmountable differences. With love there are no borders."
--Luis J. Rodriguez, author of Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., and It Calls You Back: An Odyssey of Love, Addiction, Revolutions & Healing

"Luz is a deeply generous novel, steeped with compassion, [and] written with an open, observant heart. Our narrator, Alma, is enamored with math, and this book becomes a beautiful equation in itself--pain and hope and love adding up to a timely, magnificent story."
--Gayle Brandeis, author of The Book of Dead Birds, winner of Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize for Fiction of Social Engagement

"Debra Thomas has written a novel of beauty and the nobility of the human spirit in the face of brutality and overwhelming odds. It's an adventure as well, full of vivid characters, most notably Alma Cruz, as wise and courageous a heroine as you'll find anywhere in literature. Luz is a story we need to read now more than ever."
--Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen