Diana León Clark

A young Catholic priest returns to homeland just before the overthrow and violent death of its president. One of his first tasks is overseeing a church workshop where women whose fathers, husbands, and sons have been killed by the military regime turn their grief and desperation into beautifully crafted small quilts. Father Alejandro Saavedra, who took no interest in the affairs of working-class women, quickly discovers that these brave women, desperate for money and answers, are as leery of him as he is of them. In time, they form a family, and the young priest learns these women have much more to teach him than he can offer them as the sew their arpilleras and endure a brutal dictatorship. Tapestries is a story about love and courage. These women and the priests who guide and protect them when they can find ways, big and small, to bring back democracy and restore civility to their country.


Diana León Clark

Before beginning her career as a storyteller, a term she prefers to novelist or writer, Diana León Clark was senior editor at Northland Press and, later, the publications director for the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Her deepest interests, often the background for her stories, are Latin American political history and culture. She is an enthusiastic supporter of preservation, both cultural and natural, and, like most of us, Diana also loves a good romance.

Her professional work has including teaching (both high school and college), editing, writing, and publishing. Diana León Clark currently resides in Chapala, Mexico, on the shores of an enchanted lake.

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“Write what you know.” But what if that could get someone you love in touble? This is the dilemma facing Alexandria McCall, who’s fled from controlling boyfriend & her conservative Midwestern relatives to find her future in far-off Spain.

Dina Marie Davis has a big problem. A powerful, vindictive professor is determined to see that she washes out of her graduate program. Her options are limited—abandon her dreams or accept the reluctant help of her middle-aged seminar director.

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I’ve been a student, a teacher, a writer, an editor and publisher, as well as a wife and mother (in no particular order). Born in Ohio, raised in Michigan, I’ve lived most of my life in the American West. These days, I happily call Chapala, Mexico, home but return to family and friends in Arizona when I can.

I consider myself a storyteller rather than a novelist, and I’ve chosen Latin America as the local for most of my stories because all things Hispanic fascinate me. Although I trained as an historian (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.—yup, the whole enchilada), I’ve never been able to resist the allure of the near-true or the possibly true, which good historians must eschew. This is why I write fiction though I do like to get the facts right.

I’d describe myself as someone with a commitment to human equality in its broadest and best sense, a person with an embarrassing though possibly justifiable prejudice against the very rich, and a perpetual student. I’d be curious to see how others see me and hope that I’d be open to their interpretation.

I try to live conservatively and think progressively. Even though I’m curious about Mother Earth and our place in the universe, I’m incapable for balancing my checkbook on anything like a regular basis. It isn’t so much a problem with arithmetic as it is boredom. There’s only so much time, and who wants to spend it adding and subtracting?

I love to write because I love to read, and one pleasure reinforces the other. My two favorite authors, should anyone be interested, are Hugh Walpole and Carla Kelly.

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