By Oscar Casares
In a small city at the Mexican border dwell brothers, Don Fidencio and Don Celestino. obdurate and autonomous, they now needs to face the evidence: they're previous, they usually have permit a relatives 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 trip into
With winsome prose and heartfelt humor, Oscar Casares's debut novel of kin misplaced and located radiates with generosity and beauty and confirms the arriving of a uniquely gifted new author.
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The old man held on to the railing as he leaned over, tottering close to the floor. He fed only the edge of the paper into her hand before she snatched the rest of it from him. When he reached the doorway, he made sure to look both ways before pushing out into the hall. He stayed close to the wooden railing and had no interest in the pastel paintings on the pastel wall. With his eyes focused on the tile floor just ahead of him, he kept shuffling along, one foot in front of the other, one foot in front of the other, the whole time leaning on the walker.
Lots and lots of stories, about working his whole life, about his eleven brothers and sisters, about growing up on both sides of the river, even about how his grandfather had come to this country with the Indians. Yes, real Indians! Indians on horses! Indians with bows and arrows! And if he could remember any more of it than this, he still wouldn’t be sitting around driving people crazy. A few months earlier he’d had a dream that had stayed with him. He was waiting in a long line at the bridge, driving back from Matamoros to Brownsville, but instead of the bridge being where it always was, they had moved it closer to his old house — either that or they had moved his house closer to the bridge.
He picked up the end of the paper napkin he had stuffed into his shirt collar when he’d first sat down, ready to eat. The One With The Flat Face leaned in close to him. ” he said, shrugging. ” “That one isn’t big enough, papi. ” “How do you know that, Mr. ” Don Fidencio looked away and shook his head. ” he said, and in this instance wished that he could remember her real name — Josie, Rosa, Vicky, Yoli, Alma, Cindy, Lulu, Flor, whatever the hell it was — just to toss it in there for emphasis.
Amigoland by Oscar Casares