PRAISE FOR DREAMer:
"What follows is an extraordinary detective story as Kate and Lawrence attempt to find Marisol's identity and whether she has relatives in the U.S., calling in friends to help and avoiding law enforcement.
Gallo brings home the reality faced by children in Marisol's situation, and underlines the couple's compassion and tenacity in their quest against all odds." -
"DREAMer” tells the story of Kate and Lawrence, a retired bi-racial couple who, while driving through the desert on their way home from vacation, finds a young girl sitting by the side of the road.
Against Lawrence’s better judgment and with Kate’s encouragement and concern, the girl gets in the car silently.
Who is she? Where is she from and where is she going? Why is she there? What can they do to help?
Although the girl won't speak, that doesn't deter them from embarking on a journey through central and southern California to find the answers.
They have few clues – a couple of photos, several postcards, and a fake birth certificate.
Along the way, they confront numerous legal issues connected to the circumstances including immigration enforcement and the implication that their involvement is a kidnapping rather than a mercy mission.
And, inevitably, they face the racism and suspicion as a White woman, a Black man and a Latina child asking questions in the small towns and farming communities.
Although the prospect of finding Marisol’s family diminishes, their blossoming relationship flourishes with a heartfelt commitment to keep her safe on a path to a promising future.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I View My Life In 3 Acts
In the eighties and nineties, Emily Saur lived in Northampton, MA and Davis, CA and was the more conventional wife, mother of two, and elementary school teacher.
In 2006, I retired from teaching and became Emily Gallo when I married David, a professor of economics, and moved to Chico, CA to continue our journey.