The Fitful Sleep of Immigrants

Award-winning author and immigration attorney Orlando Ortega-Medina returns to 1990s San Francisco in The Fitful Sleep of Immigrants, a powerful family drama that plays out within a captivating legal thriller.

Attorney Marc Mendes, the estranged son of a prominent Rabbi and a burned-out lawyer with addiction issues, plots his exit from the big city to a more peaceful life in idyllic Napa Valley. But before he can realize his dream, the US government summons his Salvadoran life-partner Isaac Perez to immigration court, threatening him with deportation.

As Marc battles to save Isaac, his world is further upended by a dark and alluring client who aims to tempt him away from his messy life. Torn between his commitment to Isaac and the pain-numbing escapism offered by his client, Marc is forced to choose between the lesser of two evils while confronting his twin demons of past addiction and guilt over the death of his first lover.

Inspired by events that forced the author and his partner to emigrate from the United States due to marriage inequality, The Fitful Sleep of Immigrants is an extraordinary and timely tale about the value of family and friendship, loyalty and love, in the face of adversity.

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Powerful, absorbing, and compelling storytelling with injustice and humanity at its heart. These characters will stay with you…’ —Helen Lederer, comedian, actress (AbFab), and author of Losing It

‘Compelling and important’ —Thomas Mogford, author of the Spike Sanguinetti crime series

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Publisher: Amble Press / Bywater Books
Author: Orlando Ortega-Medina
Publication Date: April 28, 2023
ISBN: 9781612942636