Guadalupe Garcia McCall wrote a wonderful book called Under the Mesquite. It relates to her childhood and college life. A girl who goes through her life from elementary school to college is named Lupita. How ever, she goes through tough times from leaving her hometown to losing her mom to cancer. Then again, Lupita lived in Mexico with a beautiful sunflower garden with roses that her mom tended to. Later she had to move to texas with her family, now she is living a very different life with different schools and people. As her mom starts to get cancer she sees her papi and the rest of her family becoming less happier every second. Mami starts getting Chemotherapy and for a while over the summer her cancer was gone, but before Lupita went to highschool her cancer returned, leaving her family with less and less money for Chemo. To add, less and less time for mami’s life.
Mami is at the hospital after her attack while Lupita (who is almost in college) is watching her siblings, they soon get a call from papi saying that mami is gone……
Lupita misses a year of college mourning, after a while she visits her Abuelita in mexico to see her hometown and feel back at home. Here is a couple quotes that will make you want to read this book,
After Lupita is still having trouble at Abuelita’s house, ¨Abuelita nods and says,
Sometimes it`s best to take things down and start all over again. It the way of the World Lupita, no use fighting it.” ´
After middle school Lupita has been having lots of fun while Mamis cancer in gone until….. “Mami had her last Chemotherapy treatment and although most of Papi's money has been spent on the hope of saving her life, Mami`s cancer has returned.¨
At Abuelita’s house Lupita learns that she should let go of her sadness, and live her life without mourning. That is what her Mami would have wanted…….
Lupita goes to college the second year, and that’s the end!!!