Blind in One Eye


a novel by Mary Kay Ross

Print: 978-1-926708-25-6
ePub: 978-1-926708-53-9
PDF: 978-1-926708-99-7
226 Pages
November 01, 2011

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Having lost her husband through divorce, and her daughter who has left home to go to university, Claire, at midlife, finds herself bereft; she is aging and she feels she has never really been sufficiently engaged in her own life. A perhaps largely-unconscious part of her has wisely chosen to put herself out of her comfort zone by accepting a teaching position in San Jose, Mexico, where she falls in love with Lolo, a Mexican man she both loves and fears, not only because he is an outrageously powerful life force but also a darkly threatening force that she feels could spell danger. At first, she is surrounded by eccentric expatriots and her encounters with these picaresque American and European misfits, as well as her growing awareness of Mexico’s haunting beauty and dire poverty, cause Claire to come face to face with her own prejudices. She must must choose between being an active or passive character in her own life. Gradually, through her Mexican lover and his family and friends, she is drawn toward a deeper understanding of the country and the surreal quality of Mexican life awakens her to a new sense of passion and possibility.



Mary Kay Ross has worked in publishing, public relations, social work, broadcasting, and teaching. Having worked as an assistant editor for a publishing firm in England for several years, she returned to Toronto and was hired as a story editor for The Braden Beat, Global Television. She also worked for CBC Radio as a broadcaster on shows such as Morningside and The Judy Show. For tv Ontario, she co-hosted and wrote three series called Beyond the Fridge, Ferguson, Short and Ross, and Behind the Shield. Currently, she works as a piano instructor at the Cabbagetown Community Centre for the Arts in Toronto. She loves reading, dogs and cats, and the joys of her life are her grandchilden: Napoleon, Ronin, and Juliette. This is her first novel.

2 reviews for Blind in One Eye

  1. InannaWebmaster

    “I loved reading this book. It is a wonderful antidote to the commercialization of travel to Mexico, and provides an refreshing and vivid picture of the people, the country and the culture.”

    —Patricia Watson, author of My Husband’s Wedding
    Highlights of Reviews on Amazon.com:
    A great read, February 3, 2012
    By LHay

  2. InannaWebmaster

    “This book is completely enthralling. Claire accepts the challenge of taking up a teaching position in Mexico, a country that is completely new to her. She soon finds herself the center of a bizarre group of expatriates and their Mexican friends. A hippy poet, an aging New Yorker with an amorous past, a mysterious fortune-teller and above all, Lolo, the man who becomes her lover, are among the fascinating characters that swirl in and out of Claire’s new life in San Jose. Claire’s complex and exciting romance with Lolo reflects the love she now feels for the vibrant, beautiful, but dangerous country of Mexico. This is a spell-binding novel that you won’t want to put down.”

    Great Book!, February 1, 2012
    By MERB
    “I thoroughly enjoyed Blind in One Eye!! It got more exciting the further I read! What a wonderful description of life in Mexico. When is book #2 ready?”

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