Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on Rancho de las Rosas in Mexico—she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances—Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.
This is a beautiful—but very sad—story based on the life of the author's maternal grandmother and the varied experiences of migrant workers during the 1930s.
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