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Sisters of Aguamiel is a short novel in the young adult low fantasy genre. After ruthless editing (I’ve mourned piles of darlings) the word count is 52,500 words.
Here’s a nutshell blurb:
When 15-year-old Agave’s life descends into a supernatural nightmare sparked by an assault, she blazes toward vengeance. Events take a devastating turn and she must confront the cost of secrecy and revenge. How will she find her way back to family, love, and sisterhood? Will she survive her quest?
And an extended blurb:
In 1996, a couple years after her mother’s suicide, life is feeling better again for Agave Quintana, a young folklórico dancer in Veracruz, Mexico. Agave and her sisters Maguelina and Néctar were named, to their embarrassment, for the essential ingredients in their father’s beloved pulque. Everyone comes together in celebration of Agave’s quinceañera at the family farm and pulqueria, Aguamiel, nestled in the hills near the cloud forest. But that night, a violent act sparks Agave’s descent into a supernatural nightmare. Betrayal, separation, and the shadowy world of cartel trafficking converge with devastating consequences for two generations of the Quintana family. Agave must confront the cost of secrecy and revenge. How will she find her way back to family, love, and sisterhood? Will she survive her quest?
This string of pearl succulent reminds me of the writing/editing process. So many scenes, so many options, so many layers to sort through. The challenge of accepting and enjoying the tangled mess of the creative process. Patience and persistence.