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Patricia Engel


Patricia Engel

Patricia Engel is the author of THE VEINS OF THE OCEAN, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; IT'S NOT LOVE, IT'S JUST PARIS, winner of the International Latino Book Award; and VIDA, a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway and Young Lions Fiction Awards, New York Times Notable Book, and winner of Colombia’s national book award, the Premio Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her stories appear in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories and elsewhere. Born to Colombian parents, Patricia teaches creative writing at the University of Miami.

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Patricia Engel

Books by Patricia Engel

by Patricia Engel - Fiction

Talia is being held at a correctional facility for adolescent girls in the forested mountains of Colombia after committing an impulsive act of violence that may or may not have been warranted. She urgently needs to get out and get back home to Bogotá, where her father and a plane ticket to the United States are waiting for her. If she misses her flight, she also might miss her chance to finally be reunited with her family. How this family came to occupy two different countries, two different worlds, comes into focus like twists of a kaleidoscope.