Photograph courtesy of La Pereza publishing house where Karina Mendoza appears, a newly released Mexican writer married to a Mexican from Chiapas and mother of three children, with whom she lives in central Florida (USA). .). . / The Sloth

Miami, Jul 30 . .- At six years old, she worked at the home of « rich people » in exchange for shelter and food in her native Oaxaca and at 36, in Florida and with three American children, Karina Mendoza publishes her first book, « The long journey of a Mexican girl ».
Mendoza has fulfilled one of the « dreams » for which she was called « crazy » at her employers’ house and at the school that she could attend only when she finished her many obligations, « always late, poorly dressed and sometimes jumping the fence « , according to Efe, with a hint of sadness.
« I am not a writer. I did it to carry the message that everyone can excel, » she says of the book published today by the publisher La Pereza in Miami, which will be followed in a month by an Amazon audiobook and soon a short film.
A LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY
In « The Long Journey of a Mexican Girl » there is a glimpse « not only of the history of a human being, but also of the shared history of many women as the author. And in a way, what has been a large part of history until today Latin America « , assures Efe Greity González, editor of the book.
With a vital journey much longer than his two trips through the desert to cross from Mexico to the United States, Mendoza focuses on the book in the first, which he made with 18 years.
The image of a dead woman and her baby next to a cactus in the middle of the desert has her burned.
His group couldn’t do anything to help them anymore, he says, recalling those three days walking through the desert to reach a country from which he later traveled back to Mexico in 2013 because he « missed the family, » to return two years later.
When he speaks of family, he refers to his sister, since he did not know his father and his mother abandoned her in the Oaxaca food market at the age of six.
« I NEVER HAD A CHILDHOOD »
« I never had a childhood, » « I suffered a lot » because « nobody answered for me, » says Mendoza, today married to a Mexican from Chiapas and the mother of three children, with whom she lives in central Florida.
As she says, « there is still a lot in Mexico » of what she lived, « girls working in the houses », and her book may be worth it so that they do not allow themselves to be overcome by difficulties or mistreatment or by the opinions that they will be. always « beggars and dragged ».
« Karina’s book has passages with a strong level of determinism, or what we call geographic fatalism. The protagonist’s experiences are a direct result of that fatalism. However, despite this, history maintains a high degree at all times of tenderness and hope, « says Greity González.
The editor of La Pereza found in the history of Mendoza « a necessary narration in these times in which the feminist struggle not infrequently makes invisible many oppressed women who, due to their economic condition, do not find the light that they also need, with the same strength as all the others. « 
Mendoza stopped cleaning other people’s homes and today works for a company that is dedicated to painting houses, offices and businesses.
With effort, he finished high school in Mexico and would have liked to continue studying.
WHOSE FAULT IS IT?
When asked what he would study if he could, he undoubtedly answers that business administration and adds that he would like to combine a job in that field with the writing of other stories that do not necessarily have to be about his own life, but be « real » and express feelings. « 
Mendoza, who has lived through an « ordeal » due to immigration issues that he prefers not to talk about, does not like to comment on politics. « I respect a lot, I follow all the rules and I don’t get in trouble, » he says.
But in his book, when recounting the indelible encounter with the mother and the baby who died, he wrote: « When I saw that (…) for the first time in my life, I think, I wondered why; I want to say why to us this life had touched us, why we had to be the Mexicans, the Central Americans, all the poor people of this world, the one that went through this. « 
« Was it the fault of our Government? Was it the fault of the Government of the United States? Was it our fault? I even wondered if it was God’s fault, but there was no time for sadness, no matter how much you carried it incarnated in the soul, « says the narrator in » The long journey of a Mexican girl. « 
He tells young Mexicans to take advantage of all opportunities, to « risk learning », to fight and to work to get ahead in their country.
« I had no other choice, » he stresses about his long journey.
Ana Mengotti