On the Way to Casa Lotus
A Memoir of Family, Art, Injury, and Forgiveness
by Lorena Junco Margain
Pub Date 10 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 16 Oct 2021
Cuco Press, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Lorena Junco Margain—passionate art collector and devoted wife and mother—is already shaken after abruptly fleeing Mexico and relocating in the USA with her family while pregnant due to safety concerns. Then, she learns she has a tumor on her adrenal gland. Having long experienced unexplained symptoms of dizziness and lethargy that neither medications nor holistic or Ayurvedic treatments have helped, she embraces the news with tears of relief: with a simple surgery, she can regain her strength and joyful spirit. But fate can be mischievous, and to err is human—even for surgeons. Rather than improve after surgery, her condition worsens.
On the Way to Casa Lotus is the gripping true story of Junco Margain’s journey coming to terms with the permanent consequences of a surgeon’s devastating mistake. Mindful that even good people make errors and that vengeance would not mend her broken body or soul, she chooses instead to embark on a quest for peace and healing—beginning by seeking space in her heart to forgive.
Deeply compassionate, wise and poetic, On the Way to Casa Lotus lays bare some of the most poignant contradictions of the human condition, blurring the distinctions between guilt and neglectfulness, anger and sorrow, humility and shame, gratitude and despair. Rich with imagery and metaphors from the world of contemporary art, brimming with scenes from the author’s close-knit, abundantly loving Mexican family, the book plants a seed of hope that loss and pain can serve a higher purpose: one of promoting forgiveness as a force for personal and universal change.
A Note From the Publisher
"I’ve seen first-hand my friend Lorena’s choice to come out of the darkness and into the light, find forgiveness instead of grieve. Her journey is one we can all learn from and find inspiration in."
— Camila Alves McConaughey, Entrepreneur, philanthropist, founder of WomenOfToday.com
"In this beautifully written book, Lorena Junco Margain brings immense insight into teaching us about the practice of the injured becoming the healer. Her remarkable grace and ability to forgive expands bonds and breaks barriers. On the Way to Casa Lotus is a poignant reminder that people make mistakes, and that when we do, we must start again and try to do better. Surgeons like myself are reminded of our limitations as humans and our vocation to cure when able, but to heal always."
—Nancy D. Perrier, M.D., F.A.C.S. Chief of Surgical Endocrinology, University of Texas M D Anderson Cancer Center
"Unapologetically bold in its expression of vulnerability and pain, this exquisite narrative invites readers deep into the mind and heart of a woman wronged yet determined to make things right—not merely for herself, but for the world. Steeped in the redeeming love of Junco Margain’s close-knit Mexican family—who have preserved their unity and cultural heritage despite their own profound traumas—On the Way to Casa Lotus bravely and poetically redefines the boundaries between the personal and the universal. A beacon of hope for women everywhere, it invites all those struggling in silence to let their voices be heard."
—Reem Acra, Designer, Reem Acra New York
"On the Way to Casa Lotus is the deeply honest and vulnerable portrait of a young woman trying to juggle marriage and family in the midst of the severe depression, physical exhaustion, and debilitating pain resulting from a minor surgical procedure that turned into a long-term medical nightmare. But rather than focus on doctors’ negligence or an impersonal medical system gone horribly off track, Junco-Margain focuses on the personal growth, empowerment and transformation this experience triggered. Her inconceivable journey, which begins in a place of low faith in her instincts, ultimately arrives at the most empowering stance only few who have been brutally victimized can take: genuine amnesty, self-acceptance and forgiveness."
—Renu Namjoshi, Vedic astrologer, ayurvedic practitioner and author of Before Your Future
"On the Way to Casa Lotus is a book about hope. The author’s journey to transforming the violent acts of surgery and a surgeon’s grave mistake into a quest for physical and spiritual balance holds much wisdom about how to be proactive and creative in the face of illness. It is a poignant reminder to readers and the medical community that illness affects not only the afflicted, but also, their family and loved ones; that bodies are not of a set of separate parts, but rather, are whole—and one with the soul. This book is an invitation to all to create our own rituals, follow our intuition and to allow pain to help us grow."
—Prune Nourry, Multi-disciplinary artist at the Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, NY
"We all have the power to choose our actions and responses. Harboring and expressing negative thoughts and feelings is one possible route. Another is to seek—and find—the positive, the silver lining, the path to healing and peace. On the Way to Casa Lotus shows the power of love and forgiveness, of listening closely to the knowing voice of our soul undeterred by outside opinions. It is an important reminder to all of the forgotten essentials in the quest for a peaceful, harmonious life."
—Catharina Hedberg Owner, The Ashram Retreat
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Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 19 members
A great memoir from a debut author! A quick read, but wow ... what a read! What a compassionate woman! After going through the ordeal of a surgeon making a horrendous mistake, instead of suing she sought out compassion and decided to work through her thoughts and emotions by writing this book. My heart goes out to her. Lorena, I'm sending you a spiritual hug! I really didn't have an understanding of what role adrenal glands do to support the body; thank you for educating me and providing an understanding of what the body goes through when they aren't functioning properly. Recently I've read novels American Dirt (by Jeanine Cummins) and Afterlife (by Julia Alvarez); we have heard your story regarding surgery. I'd love to hear your story from the perspective of immigration in the midst of this botched surgery ... and then successful surgery. It seems that this book may have been released previously but there is a new publication date of 01 Oct 2021. This book is definitely worth a read, even if it is to just make sure that your doctor is operating on the proper body component. (I remember having surgery once and the doctor wrote on my elbow with a Sharpie "THIS ONE".) Thank you to NetGalley, the author Lorena Junco Margain and the publisher Cuco Press, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) for the opportunity to read this advance read copy of On the Way to Casa Lotus: A Memoir of Family, Art, Injury and Forgiveness in exchange for an honest review. All the best to you!