The Colors of Eden is a wonderful if unsettling read. Fernando Romero had an amazing life as a youngster, traveling around his native Mexico, sleeping in doorways. living hand-to-mouth, and somehow emerging stronger than ever, headed for a successful career as a writer, journalist and family man in the U.S .. This very well written book covers Romero from the ages of 12 to 20. While this gripping story is hard to put down, it’s not for kids, with graphic descriptions of events such as a gang rape in a prison in Matamoros. But in the end it’s an inspiring tale of adversity overcome.