Inspired by real-life events, Mangos and Snowflakes takes place in El Salvador between the 1960s and 1990s – before, during, and after the civil war. The novel follows the life of Yatziri – a sunny, wild jungle girl who finds herself alone at a young age. As the war erupts around the country, Yatziri grows up and draws her strength among the Salvadoran land and people. She finds a new family among friends – Pepe, a strong, silent rebel; Francisco, an abandoned boy who was raised by the church and grew up to be an inquisitive man; and Mati, a brave, colourful, gay man with a young daughter. Together, the friends try to survive, until they are ripped apart by the war.
Mangos and Snowflakes explores the beautiful landscape and culture of El Salvador, the horrors and tragedies of the civil war, and the immense resilience of the survivors of the war. It is a tribute to El Salvador and its people.