Love in Any Language

Love in Any Language

A Memoir of a Cross-cultural Marriage

Evelyn Kohl LaTorre


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Love across cultures is tested when Antonio, a penniless university student, and Evelyn, a strong-willed Peace Corps volunteer, succumb to their attraction to one another at the end of her two-year commitment in Peru and Evelyn gets pregnant. Deeply in love, the twenty-three-year-olds marry in Cusco—and decide to begin their married life in Northern California.

Evelyn, like most wives of the ’60s and ’70s, expects her husband to support their family. And Antonio tries to take his place as head of the household, but he must first learn English, complete college, and find an adequate job. To make ends meet, Evelyn secures full-time positions, leaving their infant son in the care of others, and they both go on to attend college—she for two years, he for six. Then Antonio is offered a full-time professorship at the university he attended in Peru, and he takes it—leaving Evelyn a single parent. Parenthood, financial stress, the pull of both countries, and long visits from Antonio’s mother threaten to destroy the bonds that brought them together.

Clear-eyed and frank, Love in Any Language illustrates the trials and joys in the blending of two cultures.


Evelyn Kohl LaTorre:
Evelyn Kohl LaTorre holds a doctorate in multicultural education from the University of San Francisco and a master’s degree in social welfare from UC Berkeley. After serving in the Peace Corps in Peru, she worked as a bilingual school psychologist and school administrator in public education in California for thirty-two years. Now retired, Evelyn loves to travel; to date, she and her husband have traveled to nearly 100 countries together. Her writing has appeared in Conscious Connection Magazine,World View Magazine, The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, the California Writers Club Literary Review, the Tri-City Voice, Dispatches, and Clever Magazine. You can view her stories and photos on her website, Evelyn currently resides in Fremont, CA.