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But there are only two weeks left before the concert, and Graciela has disappeared—gone back to her family’s village in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. Desperate to bring Graciela back in time for the concert, Camille goes after her, but on the way there, a bus accident leaves her without any of her possessions. Alone and unable to speak the language, Camille is befriended by Alejandro, a Zapotec man who lives in LA but is from the same village as Graciela. Despite a contentious first meeting, Alejandro helps Camille navigate the rugged terrain and unfamiliar culture of Oaxaca, allowing her the opportunity to view the world in a different light—and perhaps find love in the process.
A Note From the Publisher
“Travel and awakening combine in [this] delicate romance….Lost in Oaxaca is a vigorous, sensitive account of crossing borders to reimagine what love looks like when it’s poured without reserve.”—Foreword Reviews
“…Lost in Oaxaca is a beautiful, moving, and timely love story that will tug at your heartstrings, along with your sense of right and wrong. Through the charming Camille and captivating Alejandro, you will leave this book believing that both love and music can rise above the inequities, injustices, and bullies of the world.”―Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Trouble with Lexie
“Setting out from the wealthy enclave of Santa Barbara to a mountainous Oaxacan community to find her missing star pupil, Camille finds more than she could have imagined. Warm and lyrical, Lost in Oaxaca made me long for the tastes and authenticity of village life. Add the sweetness of romance, heartrending injustice, and the suspense that all could be lost, and you have a delightful and exciting read.”―Rossandra White, author of Loveyoubye: Holding Fast, Letting Go, And Then There’s The Dog
“Take a little romance (Mexican style), add enough suspense to string a reader along, pepper it with evocative language underscored by a writer who knows her way around music, and you have a novel as engrossing in its storytelling as in the cultural nerves it touches. On the surface, Lost in Oaxaca is the story of a woman, Camille, trying to unravel the mystery of her star piano student’s sudden disappearance. The title quickly shows itself to be a bit of a ruse, however, a clever setup for a journey that, in the end, brings catharsis to Camille and with it a chance to reclaim even more than she thought she was looking for.”―Deborah Batterman, author of Just Like February and Shoe, Hair, Nails