IN A SMALL TOWN
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Crows on the Line
Crows on the Line is Grace De Soto Ferry’s second book of short stories, tall tales, some true and some not. Crows on the Line, the title story, is about her relationship with two crows that have made their home in her back yard and the communication between them. The voice of the young Mexican-American girl returns with heartwarming and entertaining stories such as The Stolen Boy, when a child is kidnapped in the Mexican neighborhood, Gorda and her friends get involved.
In The Coffee Can Caper a boy is put to the test, can he be loyal to a thief. A Turkey Tale will make you laugh to learn to what extent they go for an American Thanksgiving Dinner and Mexican Movies will remind you of when you could go to the movies and stay there all day. In The Journey, a grandmother is intent on keeping her young granddaughter safe while escaping bandits and how they are helped by kind people. Esmeralda’s Dreamboat, a beauty and the beast tale and The Devil’s Dilemma puts a different spin on an age old story.
The Killing of Pedro Ruiz is the story of an abused woman who decides she’s had enough. Man Dog and Sky People are magical stories that take their flavor from the “cuentos”, tales that the author heard as a child from her Mexican mother.
And the Buddha Smiled is a novella in which two Mexican American girls are desperate to leave their small narrow minded town in the San Joaquin Valley and move to Los Angeles to go to college. What transpires is a story of how they reach their goals but on the way encounter situations that help them mature and realize that the ultimate responsibility for success or failure is theirs.
209 pages, softcover and Kindle e-book.
Hey Guy, This is The Butterfly
A Collection of 24 Short Stories
Twenty-four short stories told from a unique perspective and insight. Hey Guy, This Is the Butterfly is a collection of short stories that will entertain the reader with tales that make you laugh, such as John Wayne Wears a Girdle, and The One-Eyed Saint of Muddy Creek. Feel the pain of a teenage girl having to give her baby away in Someone Should Change the Sign.
The author recalls growing up in San Antonio, Texas when being Mexican-American was regarded as a liability. Passing For White is told by a girl who doesn’t like her name nor the fact that she’s fat. It’s summer and she can only swim on non-white days. The only way to get in the pool is to pass for white. In Blessed Benny the Benevolent, an unemployed woman finds herself in the strange little town of Marfa, Texas. She’s rescued by a kind-hearted man who helps her regain faith in herself. Two young children find that brotherly love can conquer fear in Black Moon Rising.
Some of the stories are told from the point of view of a young person and others from an adult perspective. All 24 stories have spontaneity, humor, warmth and a sense of place and time.
142 pages, softcover and Kindle e-books
Hey Guy, This Is The Butterfly
GRACE DE SOTO FERRY HONORED AS ONE OF 7 WOMEN AUTHORS TO SPEAK AT THE 11TH ANNUAL SANTA BARBARA WOMEN'S LITERARY FESTIVAL
About the Author
A MEMOIR OF AN ARGENTINE CHILDHOOD
Life was good for a young child living in Buenos Aires during the 40's and 50's. The family left France after WWII for a better life away from the remains of the war.
Argentina prospered under the Juan and Evita Perón administration. But, it would take only a few years for the country to fall into a deep economic abyss. But for the young boy in this memoir, it was an idyllic time and place.
Recalling his childhood, the author creates a mosaic of recollections as they flash through his mind, and haunt him like good-natured ghosts.