The Golden Door

The Golden Door

by Tom Milton


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Maya Méndez, who has lived with her family in Alabama for fifteen years as an illegal immigrant, suddenly faces an uncertain future when the state passes an immigration law that will make it a crime for her parents to work and will prohibit her from attending a public university. Maya has recently graduated from high school, and in two months she plans to start at the University of Alabama, which recruited her for the women's soccer team before the law was passed. Since the law doesn't become effective until after the fall semester begins, and since it might be stopped by challenges, Maya goes to Tuscaloosa in early August to join the soccer team for practice. Meanwhile, she finds herself in the middle of a conflict between her parents since her father still wants to pursue his dream of living in America and her mother wants to go back to Mexico. As the months pass and the law moves through the court system, Maya becomes a key player on a soccer team that has its most successful season in years, but the spirit of the law eventually catches up with her family, and out of its tragic consequences she struggles to find a mission in life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983941217
Publisher: Nepperhan Press
Publication date: 07/10/2012
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tom Milton’s first career was with the Wall Street Journal, after which he served in the army during the Vietnam War. He then joined a large international bank and worked overseas, initially as an economic/political analyst and finally as a senior executive. He later became involved in economic development projects. After retiring from his business career he joined the faculty of Mercy College, where he is a professor of international business. Five years ago he found a publisher for his novels, some of which are set in foreign cities where he lived (Buenos Aires, London, Madrid, and Santo Domingo) and others in Yonkers. The main characters of his novels typically find themselves in situations where their values are tested. For more information on his novels please visit

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