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Maggie O'Neill's life in Houston has become a story of loss. Maggie, always in a contentious relationship with her mother, becomes caretaker when the difficult woman is dying of cancer. Maggie's marriage of almost twenty-five years ends in divorce, and her only child has left Houston to find his independence. Maggie is left with little more than her camera, to which she, a novice, warily entrusts her future.
Desperate to begin a new life, she drives to Laredo and fights off her doubts as she crosses the border into Mexico. Slowly, the Mexican landscape and people open her eyes to a fresh way of seeing through the lens of her camera. During a stopover in San Miguel de Allende she receives unsolicited advice to go to Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo's house in Coyoacan. In Oaxaca, on impulse, Maggie enrolls in a watercolor class taught by Connor, a visiting Texas artist, and from there the story unfolds through both Maggie's and Connor's eyes.
The author's own experiences of living in Oaxaca and his close observation of detail inform the story in a rich, evocative way.
Texas Christian University Press
February 21, 2022
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.39 inches | 0.57 pounds
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About the Author
DONLEY WATT is the author of five books of fiction. His collection of short stories, Can You Get There from Here, won the Texas Institute of Letters prize for best first book of fiction. He has traveled extensively in Mexico and lived for six months in Oaxaca.