River of Love is a supernatural Love story about a fierce Indigenous Mexican American girl growing up in a white Colorado town during a youth-led cultural revolution of the 1970s. It’s a Love letter to the Southern Rocky Mountains, to the Spirits, to a close-knit family, and even to youth itself. The Arkansas River is a vital character, as is the environment, and wisdom of the ancestors. Things that happen when you’re young seem so much more important because they’re happening for the first time. Indigenous Mexican Americans straddle two very different cultures; this story focuses on how we are all connected. Power is lost by moving in a forward direction the whole time looking backward. Mistakes are portals of discovery. Trust The River ~The Flow ~ the Lover, to be in the present, trying not to make things happen, to not push The River. Let things come and go on their own, to flow like a riverbed. The story culminates with the high school friends gathering at a 40th school reunion. Attachments are invisible threads that reach through dimensions of space and time. Infinite Love shapes our lives. Love is what we are made for, and Love is who we are. What if caring for each other is the summit? At all costs stay connected.
“River of Love is an insightful journey into the hearts and souls of an Indigenous community en la tierra encantada of Southern Colorado in the 1970s when the country was being transformed by a youth-led cultural revolution.”
“Evocative, touching storytelling about a region and people that doesn’t get enough coverage. A fine debut!”
–Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times