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Todos Santos

Deborah Clearman


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Fiction. Catherine Barnes is an unlikely adventurer. An artist and children's book illustrator, she is content with her life as mother to 14-year-old Isaac and wife to Elliot, a professor at a university in Iowa. But when she discovers that Elliot's been doing more than teaching his students, and Isaac nearly flunks out of 8th grade, Catherine finds herself at a crossroads. And so begins author Deborah Clearman's debut novel, Todos Santos. Unsure of what to do with her marriage and where to turn for help with her rebellious son, she travels to Guatemala--Isaac in tow--to spend the summer at the invitation of her fiery sister-in-law, Zelda. Shortly after arriving, Catherine leaves Isaac in Zelda's care and hires a guide to take her to the remote village of Todos Santos, or All Saints, in order to find inspiration for her next book. It's a village bound by legends of the ancient, vengeful gods of the mountains and fears of black magic, as present today as they were when the village was established thousands of years ago.

Black Lawrence Press, 9780982520406, 236pp.

Publication Date: August 31, 2010

About the Author

Deborah Clearman wrote and illustrated The Goose's Tale for children. Her short stories for adults have appeared in Connecticut Review, Ginger Hill, Oasis, and other literary magazines and anthologies. Her paintings and prints have been widely exhibited in galleries and museums. She is Program Director for NY Writers Coalition, a nonprofit organization that provides free and low-cost creative writing workshops.