This week’s Waiting on Wednesday is a book by one of my legit favorite people on the planet – one of the sweetest and most supportive authors I’ve ever met, Romina Garber! Her brand new novel, Lobizona, is coming out this spring and I am so ready for it!
Author: Romina Garber – Her Website
Published By: Wednesday Books
Publishing Date: May 5th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy?
Some people ARE illegal.
Lobizonas do NOT exist.
Both of these statements are false.
Manuela Azul has been crammed into an existence that feels too small for her. As an undocumented immigrant who’s on the run from her father’s Argentine crime-family, Manu is confined to a small apartment and a small life in Miami, Florida.
Until Manu’s protective bubble is shattered.
Her surrogate grandmother is attacked, lifelong lies are exposed, and her mother is arrested by ICE. Without a home, without answers, and finally without shackles, Manu investigates the only clue she has about her past–a mysterious “Z” emblem—which leads her to a secret world buried within our own. A world connected to her dead father and his criminal past. A world straight out of Argentine folklore, where the seventh consecutive daughter is born a bruja and the seventh consecutive son is a lobizón, a werewolf. A world where her unusual eyes allow her to belong.
As Manu uncovers her own story and traces her real heritage all the way back to a cursed city in Argentina, she learns it’s not just her U.S. residency that’s illegal. . . .it’s her entire existence.
WHY I’M WAITING:
I remember a couple of years ago, attending an event in Anaheim, where Romina was on the panel and there was a moment where all the authors talked about how writing books after the 2016 election was…rough and I can totally understand. A lot of us felt really floored after that election and all the different things that have happened since, especially against immigrants of all countries. I think that this book was the product of not being able to write right away. And I’m 100% here for it. I love that it has a fantasy element to it but I also love that there’s obviously some statements here and I’m here for that. I love that people are using their voices to talk about important things like this and I know things like this are incredibly important to Romina and to me and to a lot of people, so I’m here for a book like that. As a Latina, I’m also just happy when there are more books with Latina characters, from all different cultures, not just Mexican like me. I’m excited for every part of this book and I can’t WAIT to see what Romina has to say.