Drama and Diplomacy in Sultry Puerto Vallarta by Jenny McGill

Jenny McGill grew up in the Deep South in Mississippi. After schooling she moved to Dallas where she met her husband, Howard. Their love of Mexico brought them to an early semi-retirement in 1973 in Puerto Vallarta.

About the author:

Jenny and Howard, moved to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 1973. She was appointed consular agent by the U.S. State Department in 1982 and spent fourteen years in that position.

Upon retirement, the McGills sought out the tranquility of the western Sierra Madres in the small village of Talpa de Allende, Jalisco. There she devotes her time to writing, promoting local artists and gardening. She says, "My love of robin-egg blue skies, breath taking sunsets that only God could paint, and music, which falls softly on my ear, is reason enough to be in Mexico."

You can visit her website at http://www.mjmcgill.com/.

About the book:

The non-fiction account begins in 1954 when an eager to see the world young woman looks for a path to explore.The first chapter, MEXICAN LOVERS, deals with meeting her husband and their retirement at an early age to a fast social life in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.She was removed from the fast lane with her appointment as consular agent by the U. S. Department of State, and placed into an even faster lane.

The majority of the book is compiled of vignettes of what the Foreign Affairs Manuals of the Department of State likes to call the 4 D’s: Death, Detentions, Destitutes, and Disappearances.The author has added a few D’s of her own: Dope, Dames on my Path, Dirty Old Men, to name a few. Primitive medicine, native superstitions, and sloppy bureaucracy mix and mingle within these pages, while visiting dignitaries such as Queen Elizabeth, ambassadors, secretaries, governors and movie stars rub elbows. Although the American flag is given the highest respect, diplomacy takes on a new meaning as the author slips and slides through the darker side of consular work on foreign soil.


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