“In The Shadow of Light” by Elaine L. Orr is a dramatic read that will pull on your heart strings as it illustrates the human suffering caused by the recently so strictly implemented separation policy for immigrants and their children in the US.
Headlines and scare politics about immigrants – these days as well in the past – can easily turn people and humans into numbers. And it can turn other people into unfeeling robots. Orr does a fantastic job at tipping those scales back to more realistic and a humanitarian appraisal of the situation.
Orr created excellent characters with relatable and likeable traits that allow us to feel and understand the problem, yet she has woven it into a dramatic and suspenseful and entertaining novel.
Corozón, her mother, and little brother Pico have left Honduras to seek asylum in the U.S. Grandfather Tito and her father Manuel saved the life of Colonel Bill, an American soldier, many years ago. It’s probably part of the reason Corozón’s father was murdered. They believe they are fleeing to safety, but don’t know about the family separation policy. While they flee northward, the daughter and friend of the DOJ employee who has become the face of the policy attend a birthday party. But they don’t make it home. Someone wants young Kyra’s father to feel the pain of the separated families. Thanks to a nighttime photo snapped by a freelancer, Corozón’s terror at having her little brother pried from her resonates with many. A Washington Post reporter joins Colonel Bill to try to find the family. But the DOJ isn’t helping nearly as much to get young Kyra released. Two families, different circumstances, scary options.
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Elaine L. Orr authors three mystery series, including the eleven-book Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series, which is set at the Jersey shore. “Behind the Walls” was a finalist for the 2014 Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem Awards. First in her three-book River’s Edge mystery series was “From Newsprint to Footprints,” followed by “Demise of a Devious Neighbor.” Iowa nice meets murder. The second River’s Edge book was a Chanticleer finalist in 2017. “Tip a Hat to Murder” is set in rural Illinois, and is the first of the Logland mystery series.
Elaine also writes plays and novellas, including the one-act, “Common Ground,” published in 2015. Her novella, “Biding Time,” was one of five finalists in the National Press Club’s first fiction contest, in 1993. “Falling into Place” is a novella about family strength as a World War II veteran rises to the toughest occasion. “In the Shadow of Light” is the fictional story of Corozón and her family, who are separated at the U.S./Mexico border.
Elaine conducts presentations on electronic publishing and other writing-related topics. Nonfiction includes “Words to Write By: Getting Your Thoughts on Paper” and “Writing in Retirement: Putting New Year’s Resolutions to Work.” She also presents online classes about writing and publishing.
A member of Sisters in Crime, Elaine grew up in Maryland and moved to the Midwest in 1994. Elaine graduated from the University of Dayton with a BA in Political Science and from the American University with an MA in Government. She worked for GAO and the National Academy of Public Administration for many year, and for two Iowa members of the U.S. House of Representatives — one Republican and one Democrat.
Elaine did some journalism course work at the University of Maryland and has taken fiction courses from The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and Georgetown University’s Continuing Education Program. She is a regular attendee at the Magna Cum Murder in Indianapolis and the Book Bums Workshop in West Liberty, Iowa.