Repatriation Act of the 1930s is the story line behind this interesting novel. Follow newlywed Ruth Warren and her husband Charlie to the oilfields of Texas where he works. An awful explosion turns Ruth’s world upside down and she is forced to return to her parents’ home in Alba. She wants badly to escape and the friendship of the town library spurs Ruth to higher pursuits.
As Ruth’s world grows beyond Alba, she encounters groups of Mexican farm workers being captured and returned to Mexico. Concerned and intrigued by what is happening, Ruth looks beyond her grief to find her role in California’s agricultural migrant community.
I thought this story was thought-provoking. It makes you think about modern day farm worker immigrants, both legal and illegally in the US.
Thanks to Howard Books for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.