Patricia Hunt Holmes - SEARCHING FOR PILAR

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 7:00pm
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Patricia Hunt Holmes will be in conversation with Dr. Sandy Frieden.

Pilar, an innocent young wife and mother, is abducted during a fake job interview in Mexico City and forced into sex slavery in Houston. Does she have the ability to survive the horrors of a world-–one many are unaware of or ignore—long enough for her brother, Diego, to find her and a younger girl she is determined to protect?

Searching for Pilar breaks open the secretive and dangerous world of sex trafficking, while exploring human nature and our connections to one another. Diego’s guilt for his part in Pilar’s disappearance transforms him from a vain, rudderless youth into a man of purpose and courage. Neither the threats of the cartel nor being in a strange country and city deter him. While he searches, Pilar finds a strength that could save herself and a thirteen-year old girl kidnapped and imprisoned with her from drugs, disease, despair and death. The themes of greed, family, love, faith, and the law intertwine in this action-packed tale of the Bayou City.

Patricia Hunt Holmes spent 30 years as a public finance attorney with the international law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP. She was consistently listed in Best Lawyers in America, Texas Super Lawyers, Top Lawyers in Houston, and awarded the highest degree by her peers in Martindale Hubbell. She was a frequent speaker at national public finance and health care conferences. Patricia has also served on the faculty of the University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Tennessee, and University of Texas Health Science Center Houston. She has written and published in the fields of intellectual history and law.

SEARCHING FOR PILAR, which will be published by Greenleaf Book Group on April 10, 2018, is her first fiction novel. The story involves Houstonians of all stations helping a young stranger from Mexico rescue his sister from the horrific life of a sex slave in Houston’s glitzy Galleria area men’s clubs and barrio cantinas. It is influenced by her career in law. It is also consistent with her experience as a member and board member of social service organizations in Houston that focus on helping women, including the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast Women’s Initiative, Dress for Success Houston, and the American Heart Association’s Circle of Red. She was a founding member and first board chair of Houston Justice for Our Neighbors, which provides free and low cost legal services to immigrants. For the past five years, she has been taking writing workshops with Inprint, associated with the outstanding University of Houston Creative Writing Program. She began to write SEARCHING FOR PILAR in a workshop after learning that Houston is one of the biggest hubs for sex trafficking in the country.

Patricia grew up in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey but has lived in Houston for 42 years. She has two daughters, Hillary and Ashley, who have successful careers as an attorney and a geologist, and three adorable grandsons. She is an avid golfer and travels extensively.

Patricia holds a B.A. in English and History, an M.A. in History and a Ph.D. in Russian and South Asian History with honors, all from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and was an Editor on the Houston Law Review. In 2017, she was named to the Smithsonian Institution’s Texas Host Committee.

Dr. Sandy Frieden has taught German film at the University of Houston for more than 30 years and has published articles on German film, a book on autobiography, and was lead editor for Gender and German Cinema: Feminist Interventions. She is also an organizational development consultant who builds teams by helping people learn to listen and to talk to each other. And she’s always happy to explain how her teaching and her consulting are all the same work. 

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ISBN: 9781632991539
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: River Grove Books - March 21st, 2018