Happy release day to Echoes of Grace by Guadalupe García McCall! Echoes of Grace is an elaborately woven gothic mystery set in modern-day South Texas in which a family tragedy and the echoes experienced by main character Grace allow her to piece together heartbreaking past events. In this triumphant new novel, Pura Belpré Award-winning author Guadalupe García McCall explores sisterhood, family secrets, intergenerational trauma, life, and love in a modern Gothic setting with a magical realist twist.
More about the book:
In Eagle Pass, Texas, Grace struggles to understand the “echoes” she inherited from her mother—visions which often distort her reality. One morning, as her sister, Mercy, rushes off to work, a disturbing echo takes hold of Grace, and within moments, tragedy strikes.
Attending community college for the first time, talking to the boy next door, and working toward her goals all help Grace recover, but her estrangement from Mercy takes a deep toll. And as Grace’s echoes bring ghosts and premonitions, they also bring memories of when Grace fled to Mexico to the house of her maternal grandmother—a woman who Grace had been told died long ago. Will piecing together the truth heal Grace and her sister, or will the echoes destroy everything that she holds dear?
Praise for Echoes of Grace:
* “A nouveau gothic tale with roots as deep as mesquite and a heart as wide as the Texas sky.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* “Employing a carefully guided first-person voice and sensory-rich imagery that centers nature . . . García McCall crafts a haunting, intrigue-laden update on the genre that . . . demands accountability and action.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“McCall weaves Mexican American and border town culture and lore into a realistic, raw, poignant portrayal of family tragedy, trauma, grief, and the healing power of facing the truth with a loved one at your side.” — The Horn Book
“Riveting.” — Booklist
“Many readers will recognize the social rhetoric that holds women and girls responsible for the violations enacted on them by others.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
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Guadalupe García McCall is the best-selling author of Summer of the Mariposas and won the Pura Belpré Award for her first novel, Under the Mesquite. She was born in Mexico and moved to Texas as a young girl, keeping close ties with family on both sides of the border. She is a full-time author and abuelita and lives with her husband in South Texas. Find her online at ggmccall.com.