Free Read [Music Book] ↠ From This Wicked Patch of Dust - by Sergio Troncoso ✓


  • Title: From This Wicked Patch of Dust
  • Author: Sergio Troncoso
  • ISBN: 9780816530045
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback

  • In the border shantytown of Ysleta, Mexican immigrants Pilar and Cuauht moc Mart nez strive to teach their four children to forsake the drugs and gangs of their neighborhood The family s hardscrabble origins are just the beginning of this sweeping new novel from Sergio Troncoso Spanning four decades, this is a story of a family s struggle to become American and yet not bIn the border shantytown of Ysleta, Mexican immigrants Pilar and Cuauht moc Mart nez strive to teach their four children to forsake the drugs and gangs of their neighborhood The family s hardscrabble origins are just the beginning of this sweeping new novel from Sergio Troncoso Spanning four decades, this is a story of a family s struggle to become American and yet not be pulled apart by a maelstrom of cultural forces As a young adult, daughter Julieta is disenchanted with Catholicism and converts to Islam Youngest son Ismael, always the bookworm, is accepted to Harvard but feels out of place in the Northeast where he meets and marries a Jewish woman The other boys Marcos and Francisco toil in their father s old apartment buildings, serving as the cheap labor to fuel the family s rise to the middle class Over time, Francisco isolates himself in El Paso while Marcos eventually leaves to become a teacher, but then returns, struggling with a deep bitterness about his work and marriage Through it all, Pilar clings to the idea of her family and tries to hold it together as her husband s health begins to fail.This backdrop is then shaken to its core by the historic events of 2001 in New York City The aftermath sends shockwaves through this newly American family Bitter conflicts erupt between siblings and the physical and cultural spaces between them threaten to tear them apart Will their shared history and once common dreams be enough to hold together a family from Ysleta, this wicked patch of dust
    Sergio Troncoso
    Sergio Troncoso is a writer of essays, short stories, and novels He often writes about the United States Mexico border, immigration, philosophy in literature, families and fatherhood, and crossing cultural, religious, and psychological borders Among the numerous awards he has won are the Premio Aztlan Literary Prize, Southwest Book Award, Bronze Award for Essays from ForeWord Reviews, International Latino Book Award, and Bronze Award for Multicultural Fiction from ForeWord Reviews.Troncoso teaches at the Yale Writers Workshop in New Haven, Connecticut and the Hudson Valley Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York Recently he served as one of three national judges for the PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction and as final judge in the essay category for the New Letters Literary Awards.The son of Mexican immigrants, Troncoso was born and grew up on the east side of El Paso, Texas in rural Ysleta He graduated from Harvard College and received two graduate degrees in international relations and philosophy at Yale University He won a Fulbright scholarship to Mexico, where he studied economics, politics, and literature He was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund s Alumni Hall of Fame and the Texas Institute of Letters The El Paso City Council voted unanimously to rename the Ysleta public library branch as the Sergio Troncoso Branch Library.Please visit the many resources for readers, students, and teachers on his website at SergioTroncoso.From This Wicked Patch of Dust Troncoso s novel is an engaging literary achievement Kirkus Reviews, starred review Nuanced and authentic The Dallas Morning News Crossing Borders Personal Essays We owe it to ourselves to read, savor and read them again The El Paso Times Heart wrenching Portland Book Review The Nature of Truth Impressively lucid The Chicago Tribune The brightest and most able of the modern Border writers and thinkers Prime Number Journal The Last Tortilla and Other Stories Enthusiastically recommended Booklist


    Commentaires:

    Ana Aguilera
    A gripping novel about the experiences of a Mexican American family in New Mexico from the 60's to the new century. Each chapter is a POV of a family member although most of the chapters are devoted to the daughter Julieta and youngest son Ismael. As a Latina I enjoyed the various Spanish phrases scattered throughout the dialogue, which gave a sense of familiarity and realism to the characters. However, for non Spanish speaking readers, many parts of the dialogue will find this frustrating, espe [...]

    Cathy
    Without murder, mayhem, or supernatural powers Sergio Troncoso tells a compelling story about family, cultural identity, and honoring traditions.

    Kirsten
    I originally read this book before using it in a summer course about reading and writing. I loved it, and my students loved it! The family in the story is easy to fall in love with and easy to be frustrated with - just like anyone's family. Although their experiences are unique, they are at the same time easy to connect with, and the story pulls you along. By the time we were only halfway through the book, my students were already talking about the characters as if they were people we knew!

    John Jaramillo
    Thoroughly enjoyed Troncoso's novel and admired the ambitious and sweeping story.

    Marta
    Absolutely loved this story! I highly recommend it, for our high school students, ESOL teachers, & politicians.

    6666 99999
    From the Wicked Patch of Dust is a real treasure with richness in detail and emotion. It is a story both fictitious while entirely plausible. The plot, themes and characters resonant with the reader for authenticity and dynamism. The book centers around four children who grow up on the Texas-Mexico border, Pancho struggles with weight and his shyness(I personally identify with Pancho most). Ishmael struggles with loneliness and feelings of failure despite earning degrees from Harvard and Yale. H [...]

    Melitta
    I really enjoyed this book. I was definitely confused at first and thought there were a lot more kids than there were, because they all had two names! I thought the characters were very well developed throughout this short but intense book. It shows the difficulties of families from one culture, living in another, and how parents really cannot know how their kids will turn out. I liked how Spanish was used throughout because it added to the authenticity of the conversations, but how I wish there [...]

    Martha
    Mr. Troncoso has created a story where not only the characters come to life, but where the reader finds himself able to relate to the struggles the Martinez family faces. This book crosses the borders of race and religion while taking the reader through a roller coaster of emotions. It is easy to realize that no matter how different from one another we are, our families and their love is all that matters at the end of the day. Great Book!

    Joann
    Enjoyed reading this local El Paso author who came through on a book tour. The writing is semi-autobiographic, and tells many individual stories, within the frame work of one family, and how they grow and change. Good book discussion choice.

    Victoria
    Interesting premise but not a well developed novel and simplistically written

    Sergio Troncoso

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      Published :2019-05-16T01:34:02+00:00