Moving is hard. Having a family member disabled by illness is hard. Middle school is the worst. Old California rubs up against the new, and rubs our protagonist the wrong way. I like how the lost language, food, and culture of second generation immigrants are being brought back into the life of the next generation, who doesn't have to prove their assimilation. And I love ghosts and the day of the dead, so it's all good.
One of the great perks of being a successfully published author is the publicity tour. For some this is hell, for others it is a delight, for Knisley, it's all that and a tasty experience. Knisley relates her adventures on tour in Europe.
I'm never going to be a foody, but I enjoy her enjoyment of food.