Ms. Aurora Bourne would do anything to protect her students from harm ... even if that means going up against the most powerful corporation on the planet.While getting her classroom ready for Fall, Aurora feels sick, and it's more than back-to-school-blues. Strawberry fields nearby have just been fumigated and pesticides are drifting into the classrooms. Soon, a spate of serious health issues crop up in children and adults around the school. Then the teenage sister of a migrant student goes missing from the strawberry fields, and Aurora realizes that pesticides aren't the only threat to her students' safety. She begins to understand why the farmworkers call strawberries Fruta del Diablo - the Fruit of the Devil.Aurora starts asking questions and gets caught in a web of gangs, drugs, trafficking, and high-level corporate crime. When a Catholic priest comes to her aid, she falls in love with him, complicating her life further. She has no idea he's actually an ancient nature god out of Pacific Coast indigenous legends.
About the Author
Mary Flodin’s first novel, Fruit of the Devil, was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction and the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Competition. A native Californian, Mary lives in a cottage on the Monterey Bay with her husband—a retired NASA scientist who participated in ozone hole and climate change research—and their dog, koi, chickens, and gopher herd. She spends her time gardening, swimming, hiking, bird watching, practicing Tai Chi, making art, reading, and of course . . . writing.
“This is definitely a story that needs to be told; a clear and poignant example of the economic age that we live in, in which corporate profits are more important than human and environmental health and well-being.”
~ Dr. Ann López, Director - Center for Farmworker Families
"In a saga filled with elegant prose, Mary Flodin takes on the existential crisis of our time—global climate change. Set against the backdrop of a lovingly-rendered California Central Coast, Fruit of the Devil weaves elements of mystery, romance and fantasy.”
~ Vinnie Hansen, author of The Carol Sabala Mystery Series