"'Ay, Mother. Why is our house so ugly? What happened to the roof?' I've asked my mother that question before, but I feel compelled to ask her again.
She answers, 'I am not sure, but sometimes when I drink chicha with your father, he promises that one day we will have a finished house that he will paint green outside and white inside. Those are not my favorite colors, but I would like to see this ugly house finished.'"
Lucy Evans grew up in the slums of Colombia and "Ay! America!" is her memoir. Her voice and storytelling talent take the reader to the hot and humid barrio and allow the reader to feel the heat of the water boiling over an open fire and the rage of plucking chickens by the hundreds, every day.
Told in a series of vignettes, Lucy weaves her childhood and coming to America into a story of passion, hope and perseverance with an authentic voice and piercing details.