Liar. Cheater. Thief.

That’s what Mia, the protagonist of Mockingbird, is. Whether or not she’s justified in lying, cheating and stealing is up to you.  I’ve been fascinated to hear responses from readers: some see a rich white lady going down to a poor, brown country and simply taking what she wants; others see a necessary act of love, of salvation. An editor pointed out that the word “gray” was frequently used in the text. I’d always thought the story was full of color, as it takes place in Havana.  Reading through, though, I saw that the editor was right: there’s gray all over the place. Which seems fitting.