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Lost in Oaxaca

Jessica Winters Mireles


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Once a promising young concert pianist, Camille Childs retreated to her
mother's Santa Barbara estate after an injury to her hand destroyed her
hopes for a musical career. She now leads a solitary life teaching
piano, and she has a star student: Graciela, the daughter of her
mother's Mexican housekeeper. Camille has been grooming the young
Graciela for the career that she herself lost out on, and now Graciela,
newly turned eighteen, has just won the grand prize in a piano
competition, which means she gets to perform with the LA Philharmonic.
Camille is ecstatic; if she can't play herself, at least as Graciela's
teacher, she will finally get the recognition she deserves.

But there are only two weeks left before the concert, and Graciela has
disappeared--gone back to her family's village in the mountains of
Oaxaca, Mexico. Desperate to bring Graciela back in time for the
concert, Camille goes after her, but on the way there, a bus accident
leaves her without any of her possessions. Alone and unable to speak the
language, Camille is befriended by Alejandro, a Zapotec man who lives
in LA but is from the same village as Graciela. Despite a contentious
first meeting, Alejandro helps Camille navigate the rugged terrain and
unfamiliar culture of Oaxaca, allowing her the opportunity to view the
world in a different light--and perhaps find love in the process.

She Writes Press, 9781631528804, 328pp.

Publication Date: April 21, 2020