By Daniel A. Olivas
Nineteen years ago, a small independent press based in Pennsylvania—sadly now defunct—published my first book, a novella titled The Courtship of María Rivera Peña(Silver Lake Publishing). The story is loosely based on the migration of my paternal grandparents from Mexico to Los Angeles in the 1920s and follows the courtship, marriage, and family life of the cook Beto and the beautiful waitress María. Three years later, a longer, second edition was published under the same name but with a slightly different cover design. I am now exploring with a publisher whether we can publish a 20th anniversary edition that would include a scholarly introduction.
That little book served as catharsis—therapy, if you will—as I struggled to help my wife and son through their grief arising from what was then the fifth of what would eventually be seven miscarriages my wife would suffer. One miscarriage was enough for me, but my wife is strong and stubborn and really wanted to give our son a sibling (I won’t get into our discussions about adoption, but suffice it to say we did not go that route for various reasons). Read Rest Of Article Here