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By Lucy Fischer-West

2005 Southwest e-book Award * 2006 WILLA Literary Award Finalist"A fascinating memoir. . . . whereas the legacy of [Lucy's] father's lifestyles is fragmented . . . her mother's heritage deals a brilliantly distinct photo of border existence with its poverty pushed aside to permit joy—and the tantalizing odor of Mexican food—to input. . . . Affectionate, articulate, and continuously straightforward."—Texas Books in Review"Adds to the turning out to be physique of literary voices rising from the border sector of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. the individuality of Fisher-West's voice is located in her skill to symbolize the Rio Grande as a resource that unites humans instead of as a divide that separates international locations. Her tale celebrates the wealthy complexity a bicultural, and in her case, foreign existence offers."—Meredith E. Abarca, El Paso Times"A pleasant resource of knowledge a few approach of Latino existence that's unfortunately disappearing into the melting pot of Americana."—El Paso Inc.Lucy Fischer-West understands the facility of birthplace and of borders and rivers. Her memoir starts off with the tale of her mom and dad, one reared in Germany, the opposite in Mexico, and the way they discovered one another at the Texas–Mexico border. Fischer-West’s personal trips take her from her beginning within the Hudson River Valley; to her upbringing on each side of the Rio Grande; around the Atlantic to Scotland after which France; and eventually to India’s River Ganges, midway worldwide from the El Paso barrio the place she grew up. Hers is a standard lifestyles made outstanding through its direction and by way of the folks who, having touched and enriched her lifestyles, stick with her, as nurturing to her spirit because the rivers that support her mark time.By focusing now not at the conflicts of border lifestyles yet particularly on daily reports made wealthy through her appreciation of them, Fischer-West honors her rivers and the folks who go back and forth them, pass them, continue to exist their banks, and shower of their waters. Her tale touches at the feelings that bind us to others: anger, sorrow, equanimity, exuberance, and serenity.“A real baby of the Rio Grande, Lucy Fischer-West is a lady at domestic within the world.” —Joyce Gibson Roach“The transparent voice of my paisana, Lucy Fischer-West, pleasurably transports me again to my local urban, El Paso, Texas. The tales of her Mexican mom and German father, and her personal foreign river-braided stories, improve the advanced literature of the border.” —Pat Mora"When one reads Lucy Fischer-West’s baby of Many Rivers, one isn't examining quite a bit in regards to the nice rivers, vividly remembered, that experience run via her wealthy and intricate lifestyles and travels—the Rio Grande, the Hudson, the Clyde, the Ganges–but of the deeper currents that run via all our lives from their sacred resources: the entire robust and beneficiant girls just like the writer and her mom, like mom Teresa of Calcutta, who paintings bone-hard throughout the such a lot tricky poverty, heartbreak and tragedy, who nourish and nurture our souls, who feed us their wealthy tales and make our deserts bloom." —Lex Williford

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