One magical night in 1995, Stella Pope Duarte had a dream in which her dead father told her that it was her destiny to be a writer, and that every element she needed to pen her stories could be found in her own life and experiences growing up in the La Sonorita barrio in South Phoenix.
Since then, Duarte has written one short story collection and two novels, including the acclaimed If I Die in Juárez about the Maquiladora Murders that took place in Juárez. She weaves tales from the threads of her childhood, incorporating real and re-imagined events from her family life.
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