What if your life story began with a lie?
My novel, The Disappeared, follows one young woman's devastating revelation of identity, inspired by actual historical events and a group of real-life women who endured the unimaginable in pursuit of the truth.
Between 1976 and 1983, human rights organizations estimate that 30,000 people were kidnapped, tortured and killed under Argentina's last military dictatorship. Among these 'disappeared' were young mothers and pregnant women. Approximately 500 children and babies born in captivity were given up for adoption by the military government and raised without knowledge of their biological identity.
Seeking justice and answers, the mothers of the disappeared wore white headscarves and held vigils for their missing children in the Plaza de Mayo every Thursday afternoon. They searched for their reappropriated grandchildren, driving breakthroughs in genetics and international law in the process.
The Disappeared traces the journey of one fictional grandchild as she discovers the truth about her family and her past. It was selected as the winner of the 2020 WFWA Rising Star Award and is currently on submission.