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A Novel
By James R. Davis

Angry about losing his dream, Marquito returns to Mexico and takes a job at a five star resort where he meets elderly time-share owners, Vera and Ollie, who discover new life in old age as they help him escape the influence of a runaway, red-haired, radical and find his better self and true love.


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Marquito González, an outstanding student and high school track star, returns to Mexico with his undocumented parents. He has lost everything: his chance to go to college, his girlfriend, and his dreams. Back in Mexico after ten years of being Americanized, Marquito doesn’t know who he is or how to survive. He finds work as a waiter at the five-star Sunset Point Hotel in Cabo San Lucas. Angry, confused, and vulnerable, he meets Ashley, a red-haired runaway radical, a tattooed gringa with an asymmetrical bob. She feeds his anger and resentment as they plan how to shut down the resort and terrorize the guests. Vera and Ollie Webster, timeshare owners at Sunset Point, sit at Marquito’s table for breakfast each morning. Ollie was a successful corporate attorney, but now in retirement, he questions the value of his law career and ponders anew the purpose of life. Vera, a former social worker, wants to do some good with their wealth before they die by helping the workers they have befriended, particularly Marquito, who seems so lost and upset. Can she match him up with Maribel, the dimpled breakfast cook who watches him with loving eyes? Includes Readers Guide.

James R. Davis is a professor and dean emeritus of the University of Denver. He earned degrees from Oberlin College, Yale University Divinity School, and Michigan State University and is the author of eight academic books on college teaching, training, and leadership. Jim lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. His other novel, Ranch Without Cowboys, and a non-fiction work, Timeless Questions: How World Religions Explore the Mysteries of Life, are also published by Sunstone Press.

Author and cover photograph by Adelaide Davis.

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