Here Carla Trujillo, Lambda literary winner, achieves a prize for fiction emphasising human rights and intercultural understanding. Marci, the 11 year old narrator, is both confident and hopeful as she displays an irrepressible sense of humour alongside the rawness of Spanish dialogue in 60's California. Her extended Hispanic family illustrate challenges to society's norms as well as a consciousness of the underside of human nature. Can someone stop her father's violence? Or win the love of the girl next door?