- File Size: 1754 KB
- Print Length: 387 pages
- Publisher: Betimes Books; 1 edition (November 28, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 28, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GZRNOAU
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #962,275 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I originally read The Dead Women of Juarez as a library loan. Loved it so much I bought it--and everything else I could find by Mr. Hawken. They're all on my Kindle so I can go back to La Frontera anytime I want!
This story begins with a mesquite tree decorated with women's underwear.and a dead body in the desert, an unknown, unidentifiable murdered Mexican, another victim of the ongoing tragedy of the Mexico-US border. Thus far, the story could almost be taken from daily newspapers and police reports.
Then magic happens. Mr. Hawken engages us with the magic of fiction to illuminate the Truth behind the true stories. He forces us to see, really see, the human cost of national politics. The dead Mexican gains a name, an identify, a complicated reason for being where he was when he was murdered. He is no longer just a statistic. He lives.
And the mesquite tree? We come to learn what that is about too and the stark reality behind it. If you don't root for Marisol, you are as heartless and unfeeling as that desert sun.
If you've ever eaten in a Mexican restaurant, or had a crew of Mexicans cut your lawn, or bought anything made in a maquiladora, or bought a recently-built house, or engaged in any way with the so-called free trade or global exchange, you are as much as part of this story as Ana, Luis, and Marisol.
LA FRONTERA by Sam Hawkens
Sam Hawken follows the tradition of writers such as Louise Erdritch and her brilliant novel, Love Medicine with his novel, La Frontera. Hawken weaves three stories together to give us a remarkable portrait of South American and Mexican immigrants to the U.S., much as Erdritch did to deliver a glimpse into the Native American culture using the same literary technique. Read on a surface level, this is a terrific thriller; read on a literary level, this provides a much different and even more satisfying experience. This is a book you’ll keep on your bookshelf and read more than once.