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Book Club Meeting

"Lost in Oaxaca" by Jessica Winters Mireles
Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 6:00pm

We are thrilled to have Jessica Winters Mirieles, author of Lost in Oaxaca joining us at our upcoming Book Club meeting on Dec. 2. She'll be speaking about her writing process and be participating in our discussion!


Join the Arizona Opera Book Club as we discuss our 2nd book of the season.

Lost in Oaxaca

Meeting Date: December 2, 2021 at 6 PM MST
Location: Zoom (
Meeting ID: 864 8136 6974
Passcode: 882100
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*If you purchase at Changing Hands and indicate you are part of Arizona Opera's Book Club you get 20% off hardcover and 10% of paperback.


Once a promising young concert pianist, Camille Childs retreated to her mother’s Santa Barbara estate after an injury to her hand destroyed her hopes for a musical career. She now leads a solitary life teaching piano, and she has a star student: Graciela, the daughter of her mother’s Mexican housekeeper. Camille has been grooming the young Graciela for the career that she herself lost out on, and now Graciela, newly turned eighteen, has just won the grand prize in a piano competition, which means she gets to perform with the LA Philharmonic. Camille is ecstatic; if she can’t play herself, at least as Graciela’s teacher, she will finally get the recognition she deserves.

But there are only two weeks left before the concert, and Graciela has disappeared―gone back to her family’s village in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. Desperate to bring Graciela back in time for the concert, Camille goes after her, but on the way there, a bus accident leaves her without any of her possessions. Alone and unable to speak the language, Camille is befriended by Alejandro, a Zapotec man who lives in LA but is from the same village as Graciela. Despite a contentious first meeting, Alejandro helps Camille navigate the rugged terrain and unfamiliar culture of Oaxaca, allowing her the opportunity to view the world in a different light―and perhaps find love in the process.