Loneliness of the Soul. By James R. Dalton, Edited by Leyla Namazie and Kurt S. Maier. ISBN-13: 978-1888205688

Latin America--Poetry--Social Life and customs

This is a joint publication of Floricanto and Berkeley Presses.

Bankruptcy, poverty, exploitation. child cruelty, ingratitude. Sounds familiar? This novel has it all. 
 
Stella Bernal grows up on a farm in Colombia, South America. She survives by her wits and petty crime. No work is too hard for her. Injustice makes her bitter but she never loses hope. She is determined to overcome all obstacles so she can buy the palatial home of the president for her parents. From early in life she is determined to get ahead. 
 

Stella cleans houses in Miami and works four jobs in Manhattan. She is exploited and abandoned by men and her own family. But she always picks herself up until her promise comes true.  

 

James R. Dalton was born in 1950 and grew up in Northern Virginia. His family moved with the father who worked for the State Department. James went to school in Hawaii, Moscow, Kenya, South Africa, and Switzerland. He studied theology at Oxford University. From the late 1980s until shortly before his death in 2014, he worked as editor for an agency of the Treasury Department. He left behind some thirty five plays and numerous poems.