Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"Maria Juana's Gift" By T. Lloyd Winetsky

How far would you go to provide health care for your child? How about to save their life? If you haven't thought about it, you probably will after reading this book. The year is 1976 and Jake and Tina celebrate the birth of their first child. But, there is a problem. Jake doesn't get it at first, but Tina and a hospital worker named Maria help convince him that there is something wrong with his daughter. From the beginning as Jake sets out to bring the doctor back to help his daughter you will feel his frustration. Maria's English skills aren't good.They are living on the Arizona-Mexico border. But, why is it so difficult to get the doctor to take appropriate care of the baby? What should be proper protocol when there is an error?  The story is filled with frustration, helplessness, and hope. It is a story that will make you think and will stay with you.

This is an interesting book that made me stop and think even though my children are grown. Mr. Winetsky switches time frequently, which may give some readers pause if they don't anticipate it. Book groups will find this book full of things to discuss. Thank you to Elaine Krackau and PRbytheBook for my copy.

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