This photo of Cordoba is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Bringing all the elements together for the book cover photo shoot was a wonderful experience. Mostly it had to do with the lovely people who put themselves forward and the quality work produced. I can thank Andy Vu photographer, Lizz Garrison, model, Ray Ann Chi, hair, and wardrobe help by Kevin Ackerman and Mary Ann Chi Rivera for the result.
The other reason working on the book cover art was so meaningful for me was that I could go back to Cordoba if only imaginatively. Mexico has been my love since childhood. Though I was not blessed with knowing my grandparents or family there, I am blessed with my family by marriage in Cordoba who took me in as their own without question or hesitation. I lived there with them a few times. The hotel above is one of my favorite places to stop for a coffee in Cordoba. I feel a tremendous love for them and for the place that made them. Their own family history is rich and linked to the history of the region and the revolution in Mexico. Cordoba is a colonial town where Mexican independence was ratified by a revolutionary and a Spanish viceroy. And where the family of my book's characters come from.
My grandparents were in Los Angeles at the same time as the characters in my book. They never learned to speak English and still raised a technical writer, my father. In many ways All The Leaving is a tribute to my two Mexican families - the family that embraced me and the family that made me.
On Bone Hill, South Dakota, 2007
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I hope not to squander this life on anything less than love. And what do I mean by love? Think fierce love. Love that cuts to the core, that burns away all nonsense in an instant to get at what is most human. M+