The Guardians

by Ana Castillo

The Guardians

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Discovering that her brother has vanished while crossing the border from Mexico into the United States, Regina, a middle-aged widow, and her nephew, Gabo, embark on a perilous search for him, joining forces with an amorous, divorced schoolteacher and his grandfather, as well as a priest losing his faith. By the author of Peel My Love Like an Onion. Reprint.

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