Like many people in this country, De Robertis was deeply troubled by the surprising results of the 2016 Presidential election. Her response was to call upon fellow writers, academics, poets and activists to write love letters expressing their personal thoughts and feelings regarding the significant turn of events of November 8. The book is divided into 3 parts: roots which examines the past, branches the present and seeds the future.
The letter writers represent diverse backgrounds and ancestral countries of origin for which the United States is home. The resulting collection of 31 letters serves to console, inspire and most of all encourage hope for our collective future. One can find solace the messages found in these pages. The writings resonated for me, helping to feed my soul and comfort my psyche. My personal favorites are those written by some of my favorite authors: Junot Diaz, Celeste Ng, Jane Smiley, Luis Alberto Urrea. Although difficult to read, the letters also arouse a sense of hope. We are challenged to persevere; to continue the battle and most of all to resist. We are encouraged to stay strong and find courage in our solidarity and in our resolve to protect the most vulnerable in our society. Luis Urrea says it best, “For a while now, I have been waiting for a leader to come direct me. A warrior to show me the way. But then it came to me: I am the warrior. So are you. We are called to lead each other through the valley.”
Join us at the 2018 Tucson Festival of Books for the panel discussion, Radical Hope in Dangerous Times, Sunday March 11, 11:30am-12:30pm the PCPL Nuestras Raíces tent.
—Anna S., Managing Librarian at El Pueblo Library