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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is a great beauty of a book, and I am so proud of you for standing with and for the disappeared. A sister, a lover, a witness.”

    Alice Walker, New York Times bestselling author of Possessing the Secret of Joy

  • “A book that becomes more timely every day, in our present political climate, and deserves the widest possible audience for its beautiful prose and humanitarian heart.”

    Barbara Kingsolver, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Demetria Martínez has pulled out all the stops: here is truth to arouse any hardened heart; here is the ‘insanity’ of a woman in love calling forth a revolutionary lucidity. Read it. Get angry. And act.”

    Luis J. Rodríguez, author of Always Running

  • “Demetria Martínez’s Mother Tongue is beautiful, taut, deep, and unique, a book that should have been written and ought to be read.”

    Andre Dubus, author of Adultery and Other Choices

  • “Poetry, politics, and no-holds-barred emotions burst from the tiny  binding of a notable first novel by poet and activist Martínez…Striking from the very first line is Martínez’s ability to combine poetic language and imagery with novelistic structure and suspense…Beautiful writing and atute commentary.”

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About the Author

Demetria Martínez is an author, activist, journalist and creativity coach. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she now resides, she earned her BA from Princeton University in 1982. She is an activist on several fronts, including work with the Jardines Institute which is committed to food justice and sustainable farming in economically disadvantaged communities. In 2011, she was honored with the Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. Her autobiographical essays, Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana, won the 2006 International Latino Book Award in the category of best biography. Her widely translated novel, Mother Tongue, winner of a Western States Book Award for Fiction, is based in part upon Martinez’s 1988 trial for conspiracy against the United States government in connection with allegedly transporting Salvadoran refugees into the country, a charge that with others carried a twenty-five-year prison sentence. A religion reporter at the time covering the faith-based Sanctuary Movement, she was found not guilty on First Amendment grounds. She also co-authored a children’s book, Grandpa’s Magic Tortilla, with Rosalee Montoya-Read, which received the Young Reader’s Book Award in 2011 from the New Mexico Book Awards.