PRAISE FOR ADRIANE BROWN
AWARD WINNING AUTHOR OF THE CAFÉ ON DREAM STREET
This deeply moving story combines historical reality with beautifully written, riveting fiction. You will connect deeply with the characters, as you witness the brutal inequities of our current immigration system and the heroism of those who challenge it. A novel of such excellence will no doubt take its place among the great novels of our time.
-----Vilma Sandoval-Sall, President, Mid-Atlantic Reforma- The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking
Former English Language Learner Program Coordinator, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, Prince George's County, Maryland.
The Café on Dream Street is a highly sensitive portrayal of one of the most burning issues of our time. This compelling story will capture your heart as it captured mine. A must read!
-----Cindy Hallberlin, Board Chair, AsylumWorks
Putting this book down will be difficult because of the heart-wrenching struggles between cruelty, hope, abuse of power and compassion. Cultural connections and family unity portrayed throughout the novel, pave the path for overcoming even vicious obstacles. The suspense and release of the story mimic the rhythm of life, making it relatable to any audience.
-----Nikki Phillips, Adjunct Professor, College of Southern Maryland, CEO, Professional Communications Training
After twenty years of crafting delicious food in Oakmont at his El Patio Café, loving father and husband Felipe Sanchez has big plans for expanding the business- so when the undocumented immigrant disappears without a trace, his family fears the worst.
Fellow Oakmont resident Frank Sullivan has his own concerns: He's convinced that day laborers congregating at the mall are really drug dealers and becomes obsessed with driving out the immigrants he believes threaten his community. As he starts attracting followers, his family faces increasing tensions at home: His wife Bonnie is appalled by his xenophobic world view, while his teenage son, Colin, struggles to cope with his father's racism as his own feelings grow for Marisol Sanchez.
When police arrest Colin for drug possession, Frank seizes the opportunity to save his son's future and cleanse Oakmont of foreign invaders. Who will survive the fallout? And where is Felipe?
Set amidst a backdrop of social and historical upheaval on both sides of the border, a treacherous deception and a shocking betrayal threaten to unravel the lives of two families in this riveting tale of love, hope and resilience.