Darkroom: A Memoir in Black & White

Final CoverJPEGDarkroom: A Memoir in Black & White is primarily about immigration and race, but also about a shy girl who arrives in America knowing no English. She grows up in a house where Argentine culture is kept alive through food, music, and letters from the home country.

I’m that shy young girl. For me, the cultural clash was short-lived, as I adapted to the language and customs of our new home in the U.S.—WITH ONE IMPORTANT EXCEPTION: I never could swallow the racial attitudes of the Deep South. My discomfort with segregationist views grew as the Civil Rights Movement gained momentum and eventually encroached upon our lives through controversy, violence, and the urgent need to take a stand. This is the central story related in Darkroom.

Darkroom contains over 500 individual drawings. I often used a digital collage method to layer images and text.

To order or request exam copies, follow this link for The University of Alabama Press.

Here are some sample pages that demonstrate my technique and offer previews of the content. Click on images for a magnified view. 

Passport    Elke Sommer   Marion spread

Paradise    Demographic pie    Family photos   Daddy's life    Typewriter rebus

    Ch8 Spread





11 thoughts on “Darkroom: A Memoir in Black & White

  1. This book is amazing! I love the way you incorporated pictures as drawings in your style. I had to read this for my second year “culture” class in university, and I have to say out of all our reading this one was my favorite!

  2. I’m a library assistant at the Vanderbilt University Library and learned about your book from your Book Love interview at the library. I enjoyed it so much and my only regret is I didn’t get an opportunity to tell you how good it is while you were here.
    Thank you so much!

  3. I am deeply moved by your novel. I teach senior English at an arts academy, and we are going to tackle this beautiful work in a couple of weeks. It is both challenging and necessary. Thank you.

    1. This is wonderful! I’m more than pleased to hear that you enjoyed the book and plan to teach it. I would love to know where (city/state) your academy is located. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!

      1. Thank you so much for answering! We are in Rogers, Arkansas. The Arkansas Arts Academy. We do arts integration with core subjects, so we will be doingbarts along with this novel. I am equal parts excited and intimidated.

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