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"Mr. Cusares fulfills the promise of his debut Brownsville with this beautiful first novel. The story of two aging brothers in a small Texas border town, this book is carefully wrought and gently funny. The characters are well drawn and engaging, and the diaglogue rings true. Well done!!"
In this heartfelt novel, two estranged brothers set off on a road trip across America and Mexico to finally find answers to a family mystery—and along the way discover the truth about each other.
In a small town on the Mexican border live two brothers, Don Fidencio and Don Celestino. Stubborn and independent, they now must face the facts: they are old, and they have let a family argument stand between them for too long. Don Celestino's good-natured housekeeper encourages him to make amends—while he still can. They secretly liberate Don Fidencio from his nursing home and travel into Mexico to solve the mystery at the heart of their dispute: the family legend of their grandfather's kidnapping. As the unlikely trio travels, the brothers learn it's never too late for a new beginning.
With winsome prose and heartfelt humor, Oscar Casares's debut novel of family lost and found radiates with generosity and grace and confirms the arrival of a uniquely talented new writer.
About the Author
Oscar Casares gave up a successful career in advertising to pursue his dream of becoming a writer. He received an MFA at Iowa and his stories have appeared in the Iowa Review, Colorado Review, Northwest Review, and Threepenny Review. He is the author of the short story collection Brownsville and lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife.