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Barefoot Dogs was one of our favorite story collections of 2015. Austin author Antonio Ruiz-Camacho spun an unforgettable collection of linked stories about the members and retinue of a wealthy Mexican family forced into exile after the patriarch is kidnapped. Join us this evening as we celebrate the book’s paperback release.
ABOUT BAREFOOT DOGS
On an unremarkable night, Jose Victoriano Arteaga the head of a thriving Mexico City family vanishes on his way home from work. The Arteagas find few answers; the full truth of what happened to Arteaga is lost to the shadows of Mexico's vast underworld. But soon packages arrive to the family house, offering horrifying clues.
Fear, guilt, and the prospect of financial ruin fracture the once-proud family and scatter them across the globe, yet delicate threads still hold them together: in a swimming pool in Palo Alto, Arteaga's grandson struggles to make sense of the grief that has hobbled his family; in Mexico City, Arteaga's mistress alternates between rage and heartbreak as she waits, in growing panic, for her lover's return; in Austin, the Arteagas housekeeper tries to piece together a second life in an alienating new land; in Madrid, Arteaga's son takes his dog through the hot and unforgiving streets, in search of his father's ghost.
ABOUT ANTONIO RUIZ-CAMACHO
Antonio Ruiz-Camacho has worked as a journalist in Mexico, Europe, and the United States. A 2009 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University and a 2014 Dobie Paisano Fellow in Fiction, Ruiz-Camacho earned his MFA from the New Writers Project at the University of Texas at Austin. He is from Toluca, Mexico, and lives in Austin, Texas, with his family.
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