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Iris Gomez
Adult Fiction GOMEZ

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Poet and immigration lawyer Gomez (When Comets Rained) mines her own experiences in her enthralling fiction debut, the story of a family of Colombian immigrants adjusting to life in '70s-era Florida. Gabriela De la Paz has earned the nickname Auxiliadora ("the Helper") for all her efforts translating and interpreting American culture for her parents. The frustrated daughter of Roberto and Evangelina, Gabi must act far older than her teen years when her Papi, schizophrenic and untreated, can't keep a job and gets into trouble with the police because of his violent behavior. Evangelina must hide her sewing and cleaning jobs to avoid Roberto's wrath (he disapproves of women working) while Gabi's brothers, Manolo and Pablo, fear his physical abuse. Gomez charts Gabi's challenges as she gains confidence, educates herself, and finds inspiration from Lara, a "modern" woman for whom she babysits, in this intense and sensitive tale with crossover YA appeal. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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main characters Gabriela De La Paz
Age: Teenager
Earned the nickname Auxiliadora for all her help in translating and interpreting American culture for her parents; father is schizophrenic and can't keep a job; her mother keeps her cleaning jobs a secret.

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