By local author Christine E. Warner
When Desdemona, a half-Roma girl, is forced to move with her family, she isn't quite sure why her parents decide to relocate the family so far away from everything known to them. She does, however, have her suspicions. Although the new neighborhood seems to be more dismal than hopeful, Desdemona finds inspiration in the magnificence of the jacaranda trees and the beautiful singing voice next door. What unfolds in this place for Desdemona are the broken-hearted adventures often synonymous with adolescence, but also tragedy that will test her spirit and faith in humanity. Desdemona finds strength and beauty amidst life's most difficult moments in this bittersweet coming of age story exploring the power of fate, family, friendship and community.