Nicaragua Way Available as eBook and Paperback
Print ISBN: 978-0-9618725-7-1
eBook ISBN 978-0-9618725-8-8
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Nicaragua Way, a novel by Nina Serrano, tells the story of Lorna Almendros, a San Francisco Nicaraguan-American poet, passionately engaged in supporting revolutionary struggles in Latin America and the Sandinista solidarity movement in the U.S. Nicaragua Way follows Lorna, a single mother, searching for her roots, raising a daughter, falling in love, while facing deaths, griefs, intrigues, and her fears of menopause, empty nest blues, and aging. Through it all, she writes poems.
Nicaragua Way, A Novel of Love and Revolution
Set in San Francisco and Managua between 1975 and 1989, the novel portrays a rich cast of characters, including Rini, Lorna’s daughter; Eddie, an organizer and revolutionary guerrilla fighter; Helen, her best friend, and a city politician; and Maria Rosa, a Nicaraguan-exiled immigrant. They move between San Francisco’s activist-arts community and Nicaragua, building support for change in the shadow of the U.S. undeclared wars in Central America.
Worried about life and romance after 40? First of all, I’m now over 80 years old, and the book Nicaragua Way actually has reborn me, because I’ve been a poet up till now, and now I’m reborn as a novelist. So Nicaragua Way has brought me into a renewed life. But my character, Lorna, was in mid-life. The book goes on for 14 years, and she has to go through emptiness blues, she has to go through single woman blues, she has to go through menopause. She has to go through aging. As I started to write the book, these were all experiences that I had recently finished with, or I felt I had some insight and some knowledge of what that journey was.
The search for love, I’m finding, is something that follows us, maybe that’s cradle to grave. I think there’s never a time that you’re ever going to have it all figured out, because life just keeps evolving. They say freedom is a constant struggle, well, self-development is a constant struggle, and we’re so lucky that it is, because that is living. If you aren’t constantly dealing with having to make new adjustments to life, it means you’re dead.
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