WORKS IN PROGRESS
Rachel Riley, a popular life coach who has spent most of her life telling others how to be fulfilled, has retired to beautiful San Miguel de Allende to figure out if that’s still possible for herself, given her uncertain future. She runs a small tapas bar she has named La Querencia, whose meaning reflects where she finds herself: “the place in the ring where the bull feels safe.”
To her chagrin, a number of people from her past have followed her to this expat capital, certain she’s onto something, and formed a loose community of tangled interrelationships, everyone giddily seeking to realize what they are convinced will be their last, best dream.
When Rachel’s former husband shows up, naively charging like a bull into this delicate balance of history and hope, an unstoppable chain reaction of tragedies culminates during the six days of the Day of the Dead fiesta, shattering illusions and making them question why they thought their lives could ever really change.
La Querencia is a homage to the lost generation of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. It’s aging boomers—bookended by Vietnam and 9/11, and weighed down by the unmet expectations for purpose and passion they were raised to expect—who have packed up the wounds of their lives and moved to this magical city where everything is so pretty.
For a generation of dreamers, this last one really needs to come true.
Violating the Prime Directive
A memoir in essays about being childless and other roads not (or not possible to be) taken.
Two women in Germany during WWII: One, a German girl recruited into the Lebensborn program to propagate the Master Race, ends up a war bride in the United States. The other, an American Army nurse, becomes part of a team that liberates a POW camp on VE day. Their experiences are told through their daughters who meet by chance and, over a lifelong friendship, share a chilling tale of the impact of war through the female line, down through the generations.