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"Filled with lush beauty, harshness, and horrifying brutality, this is one of those books in which you just KNOW what's going to happen at the end--but you're wrong." (Terri Schlichenmeyer The Gay & Lesbian Review 2010-05-01)

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EMMA PÉREZ is Associate Professor and Chair of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the author of The Decolonial Imaginary: Writing Chicanas into History and the novel Gulf Dreams.

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  • Series: Chicana Matters
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; 1st edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292721285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292721289
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emma Pérez's new novel Forgetting the Alamo, or Blood Memory powerfully presents a revenge tale from an unusual point of view, that of a displaced Chicana in 1836 Texas. The Texas Revolution's decisive Battle of San Jacinto serves as a triggering event for this wide-wandering story. After the Mexican population had largely been driven from the area, Mexican troops under Santa Anna killed several hundred Texan troops at the Alamo. Later that year, Texan troops took revenge and killed more than 700 Mexican soldiers in 18 minutes during the Battle of San Jacinto under the battle cry of "Remember the Alamo."

In an exciting and cinematic gambling scene, Pérez introduces Micaela, the multi-racial narrator who undergoes a moving transformation when she stumbles across the ghastly massacre at San Jacinto, including her dead father. She returns home to find that her siblings have been murdered. Disguised as a man, she picks up her father's rifle and begins her quest to seek revenge on the marauders.

During her quest, Micaela encounters Walker, who represents the new non-native presence taking over Texas. Walker is also the father of her mixed race cousin, Jed. Since Micaela is connected to Jed by blood (one of the book's major themes, as indicated in the title), she knows that he must have some good about him, even though he repulses her because of his reliance on his good looks, luck, and ability to pass as completely white.

Micaela learns the tortured history of her Mexican and mixed American Indian family from Miss Elsie, the strong pioneer woman who takes in abandoned and abused women, and who runs the whorehouse in San Antonio (the site of the Alamo).
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By Britt O. on December 16, 2014
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I kept reading this book for a class and really felt like this would be an awesome video game. Come on! A woman fighting against her gender role, beating up men, a quest of revenge, and having a disfunctional love life!? Of course, I'm sure the video game would cut off the darker scenes, but the main character is definitely someone we need in the 21st century video game world. There was this one part that did seem extremely unnecessary and the character sadly didn't go as I wanted her too, but it does keep you interested. Probably the few books I actually liked.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashley J. on May 18, 2012
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Loved that it looked just like it was new! It did not take too long to arrive!
it was worth the price I paid!
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sage320 on April 8, 2010
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Forgetting the Alamo or Blood Memory is a fictional history of the Battle for Texas told from the Mexican perspective. Micaela Campos's family is caught in the struggle between Mexico and the Americans who have moved into the Texas territory over who will own that piece of land. When her father goes to fight in the Battle of San Jacinto, he orders her to stay home to protect her mother and younger sister and brother, but Micaela disobeys him and follows him to the battlefield. She arrives in time to see the destruction and to bury her father; then when she returns home, she discovers that raiders have struck her family farm, raped her mother and killed her younger siblings. Because of her guilty feelings, Micaela becomes determined to seek revenge on the men who committed the acts and follows them all over Texas and as far as New Orleans. Since she disguises herself as a man, she can hire herself out as a ranch hand and at various other jobs. During her travels she meets Clara, a mixed race woman that Micaela becomes romantically involved with, but the situation is complicated. There is little in this story that can be called romantic. For all of the issues that plague Micaela through the book, none of them have a truly happy resolution, which seems suited to the tone that is used to tell her story.

Perez had the obvious intention of taking a well-known period and showing the other side of the story. No one would argue with that except she distorts events so much it's sometimes difficult to tell what exactly she's talking about. The battle at the Alamo and the major figures involved are unrecognizable as they're described and that makes the book confusing. Perez also makes the mistake of overselling her viewpoint.
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