"Lopezia Insignis" by Vanessa Angélica Villarreal
[This nonfiction piece appears in Epiphany Fall/Winter 2017. Buy the issue here.]
There are many versions of the story about how my mother’s family crossed the border, and why. The details I know: Tampico, Tamaulipas. A house. My grandmother’s second marriage, escaping the first. Tragedy.