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A Young Woman Explores Her Family Heritage – And Secrets

Alex Temblador discusses her novel, Secrets of the Casa Rosada.

Alex Temblador - Secrets of the Casa Rosada
Author Alex Temblador holds a copy of her debut novel, Secrets of the Casa Rosada.

Secrets of the Casa Rosada - BookIn her debut novel, Secrets of the Casa Rosada, Dallas-based writer Alex Temblador follows a 16-year-old girl named Martha,whose mother drops her off at the Laredo home of her tough-as-nails grandmother – her abuela – and never comes back.

Martha has to adjust to a new way of life – not just because she doesn’t speak any Spanish, but also because her grandmother is a curandera – a traditional faith healer.

In the audio above, Temblador tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty she can relate to Martha as she too was exploring her own Mexican-American heritage as she wrote.

Secrets of the Casa Rosada is published by Houston-based Arte Público Press. Temblador was in town for a reading at Houston’s Brazos Bookstore.

Writer Alex Temblador
Writer Alex Temblador poses with a copy of her debut novel, Secrets of the Casa Rosada.

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