In present-day Caracas, Venezuela, two things are certain: crime and corruption. Ten-year-old Lola Plaz lives in the Tower of David, the world’s tallest vertical slum. Her mother, Martha, sweeps floors at a hair salon, earning just enough bolos to pay the local gangs for their single-room apartment made of bare cinder block. Lola’s few comforts are the books she retrieves from the local dump, the mathematical equations that dance through her head, and the adventures she pursues with her best friend, Sulo.


James Suriano

I spent the first half of my life in upstate New York. When I graduated from University, after a short stint in Boston, I moved to Washington DC. After 18 years, my family decided it was time to live near the beach full time and we relocated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I’ve been reading voraciously since I was a child. Weaving my own stories was a natural progression of my love for fiction. I write every morning before work before the sun rises with a steaming cup of coffee beside me. However, I find my most creative moments in new cities, where I can spend days walking the new terrain, coffee shop hopping and soaking in new details to include in my stories.