Amigoland by Oscar Casares

By Oscar Casares

In a small city at the Mexican border dwell brothers, Don Fidencio and Don Celestino. obdurate and self reliant, they now needs to face the evidence: they're outdated, and so they have enable a kinfolk argument stand among them for too lengthy. Don Celestino's good-natured housekeeper encourages him to make amends--while he nonetheless can. They secretly free up Don Fidencio from his nursing domestic and commute into Mexico to resolve the secret on the middle in their dispute: the kinfolk legend in their grandfather's kidnapping. because the not going trio travels, the brothers study it truly is by no means too past due for a brand new beginning.

With winsome prose and heartfelt humor, Oscar Casares's debut novel of kinfolk misplaced and located radiates with generosity and beauty and confirms the arriving of a uniquely proficient new author.

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This is where his daughter had come to leave him, to die, in a place where they stole your canes when you weren’t looking. Since there was no sidewalk, he was forced to make his way along the shoulder of the road. At least he was walking against the traffic and could still save himself if some drunk were to suddenly swerve in his direction. He would’ve been more than happy to sacrifice the walker. Ten minutes later he had covered two blocks and was now only one block from the bus stop. All he had to do was climb on board and wait until they reached some part of town he recognized.

They were making so much noise that no one heard when the agents drove up. Before he knew it, they were rounding everyone up but the hoboes, who by then had put down their bushels and were taking a cigarette break. It didn’t matter where he lived or for how many years. “Looks Mexican to me,” the agent said when he protested. And how was he supposed to explain to the agent that because his parents had crossed over to look for work, he was born in Reynosa, just on the other side of the river, but almost all his life he had spent on this side?

He saw it all so close to him and he couldn’t wait to get back. But when he reached down into his pocket for the toll what he found was the bloody tip of The Gringo With The Ugly Finger’s finger. And what use did he have for a bloody fingertip when he was already a few pesos short? The tollbooth worker didn’t want any part of the bloody coins he was offering him. He didn’t care if Don Fidencio had to get home to watch the baseball game. Come back when you have more to offer me than a bloody fingertip, the man told him.

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