Every year, the monarch butterflies-las mariposas-fly a thousand miles on fragile wings to return to their winter home in Mexico. Now Luz Avila makes that same perilous journey south as she honors a vow to her beloved abuela-the grandmother who raised her-to return her ashes to her ancestral village. As Luz departs Milwaukee in a ramshackle old VW Beetle, she finds her heart opened by a series of seemingly random encounters with remarkable women. In Texas, however, a startling revelation awaits: a reunion with a woman from her past. Together, the two cross Mexico to witness the returning monarachs in the mountain village Abuela called home, but they are also crossing a border that seperates past from present...and myth from reality. (ARC)
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Following the migrating monarchs across the United States to Mexico, Luz Avila arrives in San Antonio to find her aunt and meets her mother, who she had always believed dead. Now Luz must face her mother's reappearance in her life and get her grandmother's ashes to Mexico for the Day of the Dead.… (more)