Joe never divorced his legal wife, making my siblings and me bastards, and our mother a fool. Mama always said our bigamist daddy was crazy. Growing up with an unpredictable father wasn’t easy. My family was dysfunctional because of him. Daddy sometimes vanished for weeks at a time. Even though Mama was sick and couldn’t work, Joe abandoned us for good when I was eleven, like he did his other wife and four kids. We were a lot like the Shameless television series where the children are forced to support the family or else go hungry, even before our alcoholic father ran away. Daddy was a bigamist, and my parent’s marriage was a misdemeanor–but the only crime Joe ever committed was leaving me. Carpenter Joe Vasquez always wanted to build his wife and kids a house in Albuquerque with his very own hands, but sometimes a man has a dream that can rip a family apart. The heart-warming, heart twisting, A HOUSE OF STICKS.
About the Author: Belinda Vasquez Garcia
Belinda Vasquez Garcia had to grow up fast. At the age of five her mother became ill with diabetes. Her father abandoned the family when she was 11 and her mother died when she was 16. Parentless, she nevertheless managed to graduate from college with a degree in Applied Mathematics. She worked for 31 years as a Computer Programmer, Software Engineer, and Java Software and Web Developer Consultant. She was the recipient of five scholarships, including a four-year scholarship from the Elks Club. She is a prolific writer and the author of 10 books. She is a first-place winner of a New Mexico / Arizona Historical Fiction Award. She has, also, won numerous Latino Book Awards, including first-place ILBA awards for Best EBook, Best Audio Book and Best Novel - Fantasy / Sci-fi. She has, also, won four first-place awards for Books into Movies in the categories of Drama, Suspense or Mystery, and Horror.
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