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Between Inca Walls: A Peace Corps Memoir by Evelyn Kohl LaTorre is an intimate story about a young woman determined to make a fulfilling life for herself. Born and raised in a small town in Montana, Evelyn's family moved to California when she was sixteen years old where she immersed herself in the Latino culture of its migrant workers. This awakened her desire to help the less fortunate and it brought her to Apaseo el Grande, a small town in Mexico, to help set up a library. She eventually joined the Peace Corps and was sent to Abancay, a small mountain town in the Andes of Peru. Together with another Peace Corps volunteer, Marie, she spent eighteen months working in various capacities here and eventually fell in love with Antonio, a Peruvian university student.
Evelyn Kohl La Torre's Between Inca Walls: A Peace Corps Memoir is a candid memoir of a young Peace Corps volunteer assigned to a scenic mountain town in the Andes of Peru. Hers is a story of adventure set in Peru's colorful culture that unfolds in vivid descriptions and beautiful metaphors. Evelyn Kohl La Torre got more than what she bargained for when she joined the Peace Corps and as she recounts the sights, sounds, and smells of her experiences in the Andes, it is easy to be sucked in this beautiful tale. Reading Between Inca Walls is like taking that trip made by a young, naive but determined woman volunteer, and the road is certainly lively, winding and very exciting.