Mary is nineteen and living alone in Albuquerque. Adrift in the wake of her mother’s death, she longs for something meaningful to take her over. Then José Luis enters her life. A refugee from El Salvador and its bloody civil war, José has been smuggled to the United States as part of the sanctuary movement. Mary cannot help but fall in love with the movement and the man. And little by little, she begins to reveal to José Luis the part of herself she has never known. . . .

The truth is stranger than fiction…. MOTHER TONGUE is based in part upon Martinez’s 1988 trial for conspiracy against the United States government in connection with smuggling Salvadoran refugees into the country, a charge that with others carried a 25 -year prison sentence. A religion reporter at the time, covering the faith-based Sanctuary Movement, Martinez was found not guilty on First Amendment Grounds.

Demetria Martinez is an author, activist, creativity coach and journalist based in New Mexico. For Martinez, writing and activism are ways to explore—and bridge—borders between people of different nations, languages, spiritualities and life experiences.

Demetria Martinez, Creative Writing CoachMartinez’s widely translated novel, Mother Tongue, is based in part upon her 1988 trial for conspiracy against the United States government in connection with allegedly smuggling Salvadoran refugees into the country. The charges carried a 25-year prison sentence. A religion reporter at the time, she was covering the Sanctuary Movement, activism by citizens who defied immigration law by aiding refugees fleeing Central America. A jury acquitted her on First Amendment grounds. Mother Tongue, published by Ballantine in 1997, won a Western States Book Award for Fiction.

  • Tapa blanda: 208 páginas
  • Editor: Ballantine Books;
  • First Edition, First Printing (1 de agosto de 1997)
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • ISBN-10: 0345416562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345416568