Inspiration for “Letters from Cuba”

The cover for Ruth’s new middle-grade novel was just revealed by the Nerdy Book Club, along with an essay by Ruth on the origins of the novel:

“Though my new middle-grade novel takes place in the Cuban countryside in the late 1930s, Letters from Cuba is my heart’s response to the current news of deportations, immigrant travel bans, and international refugee crises. How, I wondered, could I talk back to the cruel anti-immigrant climate of our era? It occurred to me that by setting my novel in another time and place, I could offer a fresh perspective on how we think about immigrants, especially immigrant children. Because seeing immigrant children in cages hurts us all….”

Read the entire essay, “Inspiration for Letters from Cuba,” here.