Names on a Map (Paperback)

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Description


The Espejo family of El Paso, Texas, is like so many others in America in 1967, trying to make sense of a rapidly escalating war they feel does not concern them. But when the eldest son, Gustavo, a complex and errant rebel, receives a certified letter ordering him to report to basic training, he chooses to flee instead to Mexico. Retreating back to the land of his grandfathera foreign country to which he is no longer culturally connectedGustavo sets into motion a series of events that will have catastrophic consequences on the fragile bonds holding the family together.

Told with raw power and searing bluntness, and filled with important themes as immediate as todays headlines, Names on a Map is arguably the most important work to date of a major American literary artist.

About the Author


Benjamin Alire Saenz is a novelist, poet, essayist and writer of children's books. He has received the Wallace Stegner Fellowship, the Lannan Fellowship and an American Book Award. He teaches at the University of Texas at El Paso, and considers himself a fronterizo, a person of the border.

Praise For…


“Sáenz’s lyrical sixth novel…is a beautiful mosaic of the borderlands as women’s liberation and the Chicano movement gain traction.”
-Publishers Weekly

“A rich, conflicting, and ultimately heartbreaking saga of a family’s loyalty and love for one another.”
-Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061285691
ISBN-10: 0061285692
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: February 5th, 2008
Pages: 423
Language: English