The Wand that Rocks the Cradle

is available for pre-order on Amazon.  Its eight speculative stories about family cover a wide variety of settings (historical, present-day, future, secondary world), tones (earnest, witty, gritty) and family dynamics (some resemble the March family, others the Lear family) but I find them all well-written and thought-provoking. Also all family-friendly in the sense of not being X-rated or gruesome, though some certainly deal with disturbing realities and achingly difficult choices.

My piece, Legacy, tells the story of a Mexican father and son in the 1950s, working in California and sending money home to their family until… well, until US anti-immigrant panic, a particular personal quarrel on the job, and a bit of family magic collide on a hot night.  As with my story in On Loss, which follows a different family through the same time, the historical background is discouragingly real; the hope that persists through it is, I think, equally real.

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