Among the Volcanoes Essay

Omar S. Castaneda
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Bussey holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies. She is an independent writer specializing in literature. In the following essay, she discusses the central theme of Isabel's complicated journey of self-discovery in Among the Volcanoes.

At the center of Omar S. Castañeda's intriguing and richly detailed book Among the Volcanoes is Isabel, a teenaged girl who finds herself shouldering responsibilities she is uncertain she can handle. Her mother is extremely ill, so Isabel, as the oldest daughter, must take on the duties of running the household. She loves school and thrives on learning, but her responsibilities at home simply will not allow her to continue attending. While Isabel performs all the tasks expected of her, she resents this burden and fears that she will never be able to return to the life she once knew. Worse, she is...

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