Eva, an eight-year-old, makes her journey through a dysfunctional childhood in a fear-filled era of Chilean history. Eva was the fifth child of a family of six. Her father was a labourer in the vineyard; this meant the family were allowed to live in a little shack there while he was employed. Her grandfather’s disappearance in Pinochet’s dictatorship shaped her life. She fought for justice though faced with tremendous obstacles.
She, along with her friend Mario, led a group of homeless people to invade land/sand in the Atacama Desert where they built little ‘make do’ dwellings. Here, Eva and five other parents fall victims of a horrendous crime … Did she break under it? What happened? Read on …
The book relates to the author’s Chilean experience in shanty towns in three very different regions during and after the Dictatorship. The final part of the book tells of homelessness, disappearances and a disregard for the poor.
Bernadette Joyce was born into a large family in the West of Ireland. She attended the Presentation Secondary School and for some forty years she was part of the Presentation Mission in New Zealand and Chile. Because of illness she left Chile and is now living in Ireland.