Saturday, October 24 | 2 pm *ONLINE*
Join us for a reading, discussion, and Q&A with author Abbey Carpenter. Abbey will read from her new book, The Tortilla Star.
About the Book
In The Tortilla Star, Bette finds that love can come in different forms – one that unlike her professional work as an accountant, she doesn’t control, that isn’t orderly, and is highly unpredictable. Though she’s six inches taller and hasn’t gotten past Spanish 101, she relishes being drawn into a rich, passionate adventure with Marco, an undocumented immigrant. As a volunteer teaching English, she is introduced to a new culture which welcomes her into its folds of family, long-held customs, and fiestas, as well as poverty and racism. She experiences first-hand some of her students’ challenges in the U.S. and also shares their joys – a child’s first time in a swimming pool, the wonders of a county fair. On this journey with Marco and her other Mexican immigrant friends, she hopes desperately that her expanding sense of family will not dissolve as the government makes rules that destabilize their lives.
About the Author
Abbey Carpenter was born in Seattle, Washington and raised in the West. She graduated with an M.A. in Sustainable Community Development from Prescott College and has worked, taught, and volunteered in the areas of social justice and environmental sustainability. Her stories and essays have been previously published in Muse It Up, Sustainable Ways, and Read It Here. She has traveled widely in Mexico and currently lives in Silver City, New Mexico.