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Judging a Book by its Cover

US Author Nancy Klein in Spain

You know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover?” Well, three women on Goodreads decided to do just that when they saw the title of my first novel, Torn Between Worlds: An illegal immigrant’s journey to find herself.

Here is what Soledad said about my book on Goodreads. “I’m sorry, but “illegal immigrant”? This is how you know this book was written by a white woman. This has red flags all over it.”

Here was my reply to Soledad: “Did you read the book or just form a judgement based on the title? The fact that Isabel came to the US illegally was important to the novel since this made it impossible for her to easily return to Mexico to be with her mother. And why is it so bad that I am a white woman? Can’t I write about the struggles my Mexican students faced? I wrote…

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