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Susan Mills -- On The Wings Of A Hummingbird

At 15 years old, Petra must grow into the lessons of the Mayan hummingbird as she carves her future out of a childhood scarred by gang violence.

 

Petra's life has been upended by local gang violence in her small Guatemalan village. Her childhood friend Emilio had a hand in their friend Justina's murder, and his father is the local gang leader's right-hand man. Betrayed by Emilio and abandoned by her mother who has fled to the U.S., Petra now fears for her own life. Petra ultimately flees to the U.S., but the pressures follow her there. As she attempts to reconcile with her mother over the abandonment, Petra is alarmed that her mother disregards the danger when he shows up near their home. The novel explores forgiveness and redemption, how to heal oneself and find a future of integrity with friends and community who have participated in atrocities. Through a sometimes mythical lens, it explores how healing can happen after trauma, how an individual and community may rebuild after trust is shattered, and the fraught relationship between victim and perpetrator in a small community.

 

As a Spanish-speaking immigration attorney for twenty years, Susan Mills prepared asylum cases for thousands of immigrants from Central America, with a focus on unaccompanied minors. Some of her family members journeyed from the war-torn countryside of El Salvador to the U.S. She now divides her time between the green mountains of Vermont and the wonderfully diverse city of Providence.

 

 

 

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
291 Main St
Norwich, VT 05055-0307
On the Wings of a Hummingbird By Susan Mills Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781627203739
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Published: Loyola College/Apprentice House - May 3rd, 2022

At 15 years old, Petra must grow into the lessons of the Mayan hummingbird as she carves her future out of a childhood scarred by gang violence. Petra's life has been upended by local gang violence in her small Guatemalan village. Her childhood friend Emilio had a hand in their friend Justina's murder, and his father is the local gang leader's right-hand man.


Susan Mills -- On The Wings Of A Hummingbird
Event Summary: 
At 15 years old, Petra must grow into the lessons of the Mayan hummingbird as she carves her future out of a childhood scarred by gang violence.

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