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Gonzalez and Daughter Trucking Co.: A Road Novel with Literary License Paperback – April 19, 2005
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“1,001 nights in a Mexicali women’s prison...González and Daughter Trucking Co. is about our compulsion to make events into stories and stories into bridges of understanding.” —John Sayles, Screenwriter and Director
“Escandón has delivered us yet another work of art. . . A whimsical, humorous, and passionate mystery that explores the love and hurt of a father and daughter on the run.” —Jorge Ramos, News Anchor for Univision and Bestselling Author
“An ingenious retelling of Scheherazade’s odyssey—but on wheels.” —Ilan Stavans, author of Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language
Top Customer Reviews
Libertad won't reveal her crime to her co-prisoners in the Mexican women's prison in Mexicali. The prison itself is a contrast to U.S. prisons because money talks and thus the prisons are far more free. She begins, however, to open up when she creates a Library Club, where she entertains the inmates, guards and the warden with tales of Mudflap Girl. Her alter ego, orphaned Mudflap Girl is raised by her father in the back of a truck from birth. We watch her grow up and seek her freedom from her increasingly controlling father, paranoid of capture by agents of the Mexican government from offenses occurring many years and many changes of government ago. Meanwhile, Libertad begins to learn that the prison is for her the home and the family she never knew. Mudflap Girl eventually commits the crime that led Libertad to her prison term, and the only way out for everyone is for her new family to right the wrongs that brought her there. Eventually, a happy ending is shared by all.
Escandon's ability to create so many believable, in the terms of a novel like this, characters and so many worthwhile relationships is what made this novel come alive for me. Nothing is wasted, and every character has a place in the universe she creates. The only negative was that I thought the use of CB lingo was a bit over the top. But the characters of the Warden and the three Vietnamese refugee/prisoners and the relationship between Mudflap Girl and Martin more than made up for that. Highly recommended.
You will enjoy the literary references sprinkled throughout the novel. Escandon is a wonderful writer who knows how to develop a flawed heroine that the reader admires and appreciates. She effectively communicates the internal conflicts that Libertad feels which prevents her from speaking of her crime to her fellow inmates. The reader gains the perspective of an inmate who eagerly awaits to hear her "story."
While Gonzalez and Daughter does require some "suspension of disbelief," it is not steeped in magical realism like Esperanza's Box of Saints. The reader is easily drawn into the story and the lives of the women in the prison, and the life of young Libertad - before she commits the horrible crime for which she is incarcerated.
This was my kind of book. A total escape from my reality. A quick and easy read, but one to cherish, and to reflect on for a long, long time. I love the way Escandon tempers pathos with humor. How she takes the depth and pain of human suffering, and turns it around to create a masterpiece of colorful imagery.
Now do we really have to wait another five years to meet another cast of her quirky characters???
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4 Platypires for Gonzalez and Daughter Trucking Co.: A Road Novel with Literary License by María Amparo Escandón
This was a fun read and I truly enjoyed... Read more
Great book. I got it for a class, but I really enjoyed it overall.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of my favorite books. I love the imagery & the protagonist's self acceptance. I liked this one better than Box of Saints.Published 11 months ago by Sandra
Absolutely LOVE this author.. this was the 2nd book of hers that I read and I can't wait for her to publish another.Published 17 months ago by brollie21
Tired of the typical boy meets girl stories? Done reading tear-jerkers? Ready to laugh out loud with a story so quirky and off the beaten path it’s insane? Read morePublished 17 months ago by zooey
I read González & Daughter Trucking Co. in two seatings. It felt as if I had binge-watched a whole TV series over a weekend! I couldn’t put the book down. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Regina Escandon
A great read
I didn’t know what to read and my girlfriend game me this book. I’ve always been drawn to the trucking world, so this book was a perfect read for me. Read more
I loved this wonderful story of the coming of age of a young woman and her relationship to her father. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Alexandra haas