Penny Raife Durant is the award-winning author of nine books for children and young adults, including the YA novel about AIDS, WHEN HEROES DIE. CHILD OF EL SALVADOR is her first book for adults. It's narrative nonfiction, set in the 1980s in El Salvador in the midst of civil war, and concerns adoption and the Sanctuary movement.
1987 - An old woman finds a newborn girl abandoned in civil-war-torn El Salvador. In the USA, Diane mourns the loss of a stillborn child. Diane sees Norma in an Salvadoran orphanage and knows this is her child. Adopting Norma is a struggle played out against a fickle, dangerous government in El Salvador and a suspicious American federal attorney. Will these forces keep Diane & Norma apart?