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The last guest left at sunrise. Pedro and I were having hot chocolate in the kitchen, at his asking. I had not cleaned at all. The floor was a painting of brown sauces, salsas verde and rojo, corn crumbs and wine stains. The air sang heavy with warm fruit and garlic and cilantro and beer and pepper. I looked at that little one across from me and I said:
You talk to me now. Maybe you don’t talk to anyone else. But you will talk to me. Too many silent men have ruined themselves in themselves. ~Maria, in TORPOR
Peter Arellano – or Pedro, as his grandmother calls him – grew up in the shadow of his father’s demons. Maria made serious mistakes with her son, Carlos – mistakes she hopes she can undo through his son.
Set in L.A., Phoenix, Sonora & Nayarit Mexico TORPOR: Though the Heart is Warm is a novel about spells we allow family to imprint on us – spells we must learn to break.
📚 http://mybook.to/torpor-perez | ISBN 1453684751 | This is Peter’s story – read it with a good tequila or mescal.