At twenty-one, Evelyn is naïve about life and love. Raised in a small Montana town, she moves at age sixteen with her devout Catholic family to California. There, she is drawn to Latino culture when she works among the migrant workers. During the summer of her junior year in college, Evelyn travels to a small Mexican town to help set up a school and a library? Which whets her appetite for a life full of purpose and adventure. After graduation, Evelyn joins the Peace Corps and performs community development work in a small mountain town in the Andes of Perú. She and her roommate, Marie, search for meaningful projects and adjust to spartan living. The two young women work in a hospital, attend campesino meetings, and teach PE in a school with dirt floors. Despite her resolve to resist such temptations?Evelyn falls in love with a university student. She learns about life and love when she must choose between following the religious rules of her youth and giving in to her sexual desires.
Evelyn Kohl LaTorre grew up in rural Southeastern Montana, surrounded by sheep and cattle ranches, before coming to California with her family at age 16. She holds a doctorate in multicultural education from the University of San Francisco, and a master’s degree in social welfare from UC Berkeley. She worked as a bilingual school psychologist and school administrator in public education until her retirement. Evelyn loves to travel; to date, she and her husband have traveled to some 100 countries. You can view her stories and photos on her website, www.evelynlatorre.com. Her writing has appeared in World View Magazine, The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, the California Writers Club Literary Review, the Tri-City Voice, Dispatches and Clever Magazine. She is currently completing a second book about the struggles and triumphs of a bicultural marriage in the U.S. Between Inca Walls: A Peace Corps Memoir is her first book, published by She Writes Press. Press contact: Jennifer@booksforward.com.Leave a comment for radio show guests