Welcome to the home page of Ashley Hope Pérez, author of the novels Out of Darkness (coming September 2015), The Knife and the Butterfly (February 2012), and What Can't Wait (2011), all published by Carolrhoda Lab.
Out of Darkness
New London, Texas. 1937. Naomi Vargas and Wash Fuller know about the lines in East Texas as well as anyone. They know the signs that mark them.
“No Negroes, Mexicans, or dogs.”
They know the people who enforce them.
“They all decided they’d ride out in their sheets and pay Blue a visit.”
But sometimes the attraction between two people is so powerful it breaks through even the most entrenched color lines. And the consequences can be explosive.
“More than grief, more than anger, there is a need. Someone to blame. Someone to make pay."
Ashley Hope Pérez takes the facts of the 1937 New London school explosion—the worst school disaster in American history— as a backdrop for a riveting novel about segregation, love, family, and the forces that destroy people.
- Read the starred Kirkus review of Out of Darkness and pre-order it from Amazon or your favorite indie bookseller (it hits shelves in September 2015). If you are a librarian, teacher, blogger, bookseller, or book reviewer interested in the novel, you can request an e-galley on Netgalley.com now through the end of July.
The Knife and the Butterfly
Azael knows jails, and something isn’t right about this lockup. No phone call. No lawyer. No news about his brother or his homies. If only he could remember...
Lexi Allen would love to forget the fight, would love for it to disappear back into the Xanax fog it came from. She knows that there’s more at stake in her trial than her life alone, though. Azael needs the truth. The knife cut, but somehow it also connected.
What Can't Wait
Seventeen-year-old Marisa Moreno has smarts and plenty of promise, but she’s marooned in a broken-down Houston neighborhood—and in a Mexican immigrant family where making ends meet matters more than making it to college.·Caught between the expectations of two different worlds and carrying a dark secret, Marisa will have to decide what can't wait. Kirkus Reviews described What Can't Wait as "Un magnifico debut."
Latest Blog Post
Check this post at Latin@s in Kid Lit out. Patrick Flores-Scott makes a case for creating a diverse YA/kid's publishing version of the Hollywood Black List, a vetted collection of best screenplays that haven't yet been purchased. The concept is genius. It’s an industry-wide notion that could expand what we’re beginning to do with the Pitch Fiesta: create visibility for folks who haven’t (yet) had success navigating the paths into publishing. I think the next question is: what would it take to make something like this happen? Could we get YALSA, for example, to put committee power behind it? I might throw this post at my agent and editor–both rockstars who’ve had success with diverse titles–and ask them to comment on the idea.
If you've wondered where the heck I've been these last months, well... let's say that while I was away, two Pérez PhDs got finished (mine and my husband's), a move to Columbus, Ohio, happened, and we started new jobs at The Ohio State University. Kind of a lot. I do plan to be back here with my own thoughts, shouts, and murmurs, but a lot of my blogging energy has been channeled to Latin@s in Kid Lit, where I blog regularly.
A Note from The Author
Ashley Hope Pérez