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With new illegal immigration legislation in Arizona and Georgia dominating the headlines, Author Ernesto Jose Herrera releases his book, Purgatory Inn that speaks to this contentious issue and portrays the people behind this internationalMoreWith new illegal immigration legislation in Arizona and Georgia dominating the headlines, Author Ernesto Jose Herrera releases his book, Purgatory Inn that speaks to this contentious issue and portrays the people behind this international controversy.Purgatory Inn, a novel by Ernesto Jose Herrera, follows a group of immigrants, some of them in danger of deportation, as they struggle to survive in an old Los Angeles tenement. Each of the residents left family, friends, homes and everything familiar to them behind to begin a new life in a strange country.When Lucio stepped off the bus in Los Angeles in search of shelter, he never imagined he would find a tenement that doubled as a vibrant community that would welcome him into its ranks. A philosophy teacher in his home country, Lucio was driven from his country by war and arrived in the United States seeking a new start. His neighbor, Addeo Galan, had moved to the building after her escape from a broken marriage. Their lives are complicated by John Spencer, an American journalist with feelings for Addeo. Now the trio must navigate their relationships and personal challenges while living under the ever-present threat of arrest and deportation.“Immigration is not easy,” Herrera says. “Leaving your family behind, moving into a culture with a different language, different expectations and different norms. It’s not easy to find the resources to pay for food, rent, health care and education while trying to be happy, enjoy love, maintain friendships and achieve goals.”The book seeks to portray the challenges of blending into a new society while maintaining a separate identity that is true to one’s origins. Filled with detailed descriptions of Los Angeles’ communities where recently-arrived immigrants find housing and basic services, the book aims to reveal a world that many readers have never experienced.