Patricia’s grandmother, Doña Toña, relates her happy memories of the
Paricutin volcano, near her hometown in central Mexico, to her
granddaughter. Doña Toña keeps the unhappy memories, those that made
her migrate to Texas, secret.
The day of Patricia’s important quinceañera party to celebrate her
fifteenth birthday, her grandmother suffers a massive heart attack and
Influenced by her grandmother’s love of volcanos, Patricia becomes a
volcanologist and travels to Mexico to study the Trans-Mexican Volcanic
Belt. Her grandmother’s backyard volcano, the Paricutin, is in the
area. She visits her grandmother’s hometown only to uncover her
grandmother’s shocking secrets.
Patricia learns Doña Toña’s secrets are as explosive as the
Paricutin once was.
My Daughters Hand
A humorous story set in Santa Fe, New Mexico, offers glimpses on the
effects of the Spanish culture on weddings and family life. The
bride’s father, Pancho, invites his friends to a local cantina to
celebrate the engagement of the youngest of his 15 children, his
daughter Sofia, to a New York gringo. As the men imbibe more and more
tequila, they embark on an adventure to initiate Jim Hudson, the
bridegroom, in the traditions of Mexican weddings.
Max’s White Sofa
A woman falls in love with an embittered divorced man. Her relationship
with him starts unraveling when she experiences the ex-wife’s jealous
outbursts and worse yet—death threats.
A Houston man rides his Harley through New Mexico’s glorious landscape
and obscure back roads. While passing through the town of Tierra
Amarilla, he accidentally gets caught up in an unlawful attempt to
reclaim old Spanish land grants. He also encounters a dimension he had
not expected: New Mexico’s haunted history.
Behind the Murals
Victoria, a young girl in northern Mexico, loves the home of an artist
who paints murals on the interior walls of his house. After Victoria’s
godmother purchases the house, Victoria is the only one who sees the
murals losing their luster and mysteriously sinking into the foundations
of the house. Victoria also hears voices emanating from the kitchen at
night. When she investigates, the kitchen and the rest of the house are
dark, but there is evidence that objects have been moved.
Do Turtles Ever Cry?
Awakened late at night from a recurring nightmare of her father’s
cruelty, a divorced and lonely woman witnesses a murder outside her
home. Her father is long gone, but the psychological effects of the
trauma he inflicted on her as a child are very much alive.
Whose Family is it Anyway?
The chef of a small gourmet restaurant in Lake Tahoe sells her
restaurant to marry the man she loves, only to discover that both she
and her husband married for the wrong reasons. Will Zarah have the
courage to confront her marital issues?
Baseball Over the Moon
Ten year old Natalia is a tomboy growing up on the family ranch in
northern Mexico, where baseball is the king of sports. Her relationship
with her father revolves around the game until the birth of a brother
leaves Natalia grappling with her fear of being displaced by her
father’s long-awaited son.
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