On Sale: April 23, 2013
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Fiction Family Life
Neglected by her parents, nineteen-year-old Maya Nidal
has grown up in a rambling old house in Berkeley with her
grandparents. Her grandmother Nidia, affectionately known as
Nini, is a force of natureâ€”willful and outspoken,
unconventionally wise with a mystical streak, and fiercely
protectiveâ€”a woman whose formidable strength helped her
build a new life after emigrating from Chile in 1973. Popo,
Maya's grandfather, is an African American astronomer and
professorâ€”a gentle man whose solid, comforting presence
helps calm the turbulence of Maya's adolescence.
Popo dies of cancer, Maya goes completely off the rails.
With her girlfriendsâ€”a tight circle known as the
Vampiresâ€”she turns to drugs, alcohol, and petty crime, a
downward spiral that eventually bottoms out in Las Vegas.
Lost in a dangerous underworld, she is caught in the
crosshairs of warring forcesâ€”a gang of assassins, the
police, the FBI, and Interpol. Her one chance for survival
is Nini, who helps her escape to a remote island off the
coast of Chile. Here Maya tries to make sense of the past,
unravels mysterious truths about life and about her family,
and embarks on her greatest adventure: the journey into her
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