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“In Todos Santos, Deborah Clearman paints a portrait of a tragic, but proud country struggling with the twin evils of superstition and violence.”

…so begins the latest review of Clearman’s novel of Guatemala. The entire review is available online here. Thanks to Gina Barrett Putt for her insightful remarks!

Deborah Clearman to Read on December 2 and 13

Deborah Clearman, author of the novel Todos Santos, has two reading engagements in December. Here’s the info:

Thursday, December 2, 7:00
Ridgewood, NJ Whole Foods
44 Godwin Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ

Deborah will read from Todos Santos and tell you about Trickle Up, a nonprofit organization that helps the poor in Guatemala. You can do some holiday shopping and donate to a good cause (part of the proceeds from book sales will go to Trickle Up) all at the same time! And stock up on gourmet treats.

Trickle Up provides business training, small seed capital grants, and savings programs to the extreme poor to start businesses and increase their livelihoods. Learn the true story of how Juana Vicente Martin, a mother of four abandoned by her husband, used her grant of $100 to start a small butchering business. With the revenue she earns selling chickens, she’s able to feed her children, and buy them shoes and school supplies.

Monday, December 13, 7:00
Chevy Chase Library
(a branch of the DC public library)
5625 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC

In Washington Deborah will be joined by friends from Guatemala. You can ask them for the real story behind the novel! It promises to be a fascinating evening.

Both events are free. We hope to see you there.

Todos Santos Book Trailer

Black Lawrence Press is very excited about the release of Todos Santos, a novel by Deborah Clearman which will be available within a few short weeks.

Todos Santos Synopsis

When Catherine Barnes leaves home and her adulterous husband to explore the Guatemalan mountain town of Todos Santos, she brings her paints and her wayward adolescent son. Catherine sets out in hopes of finding an intangible something, a new direction perhaps, and an ability to get through to her son who has just flunked out of the eighth grade. She never expects that her journey will include nearly losing her son to kidnappers, witnessing a lynching that nearly ruins the town of Todos Santos which she comes to love quite deeply, or rediscovering her own womanhood.

Learn more about Todos Santos and Deborah Clearman’s adventures in Guatemala by watching the book trailer: