Love from Matt de la Peña And Publishers Weekly!
In less than two months, my debut novel will hit the shelves. It's been strange for me to bask in that huge endeavor when there are white supremacists about to take over the White House. I go from excitement about the novel to just wanting to hide in my rage. My novel tackles the seduction of privilege with Margot Sanchez longing to align herself with the privileged few. I keep circling back to this theme when I think of the many racists who voted out of fear that people of color will take over their narrative. How some fake businessman sold them a good story on how they can get rich. I guess what I can do during this troubling time besides protect my family is to focus on why I write: I write to try to make sense of what is happening.
Author Matt de la Peña has been doing the same for so long. His novel Mexican Whiteboy was a huge influence on me when I started writing Margot Sanchez. If you haven't picked up his picture book Last Stop on Market Street, you must. It's so beautiful and deserved the Newbery Medal. To have him read my novel and offer such kind words in a blurb means so much. Publishers Weekly also gave The Education of Margot Sanchez a nice review. This was my favorite part: "Margot makes mistakes, misplaces her trust, and gradually reestablishes who she is in an emotional story about class, race, hard work, and finding one’s place."
In the meantime, I've been reading Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower. It's scary how Octavia's novel predicted in so many ways what is currently happening. Go pick that up and thank you for coming along with me on this journey.