Sandra Rodriguez Barron

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Sandra Rodriguez Barron has many different homes. Rodriguez was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in El Salvador, attended graduate school in Miami and lives in Connecticut, where she teaches at Western Connecticut State University’s Low-Residency MFA Program. The award-winning writer channels her nomadic experiences into her lively and lyrical fiction. Her novel The Heiress of Water (Harper Collins), the winner of the Best First Book Award at the 2007 International Latino Book Awards, and her novel, Stay with Me (Harper Collins), a 2011 Connecticut Book Award finalist, explore how family bonds and cultural roots define the meaning of “home.” Barron also uses evocative, lush language to capture the magic of these fictional worlds. Writers like Isabel Allende have called Barron’s prose “exuberant…and immensely entertaining.”