Based on a True Story, the life of one woman, born during the New Mexico Territorial fight for land, is told as seen through her daughter’s eyes. The fortitude to keep going when life throws the worst it has to offer, is turned into meaningful lessons as the little girl, the tenth of twelve children, confronts her world with optimism.

“From the graves of infants to the peaks of true love, from the bonds of siblings to the devastation of alcoholism, with open arms, I invite you to visit my little village. Feel the damp marshes, smell the wild irises, and marvel at the beautiful summer sunsets”... “Follow the banks of the Rio Grande out of abuse and prejudice and into a world of understanding and acceptance.”        — Rose Spader


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Best known for his 1972 novel, Bless Me Ultima, American author Rudolfo Anaya, praises Overturned Bucket, "Some readers may shy away from  the reality Spader paints, but I see it as a valuable lesson in the evolution of women's liberation. Spader's story mirrors Rosabelle's struggle for equality. The story of the mother and Rosabelle's eventual knowledge of her liberation should be read by readers everywhere, especially in high school and university Women Studies classes."