Names on A Map

A Novel

Sáenz, Benjamin Alire

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Names on A Map
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 grandfather--a foreign country to which he is no longer culturally connected--Gustavo 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 today's headlines, Names on a Map is arguably the most important work to date of a major American literary artist.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061285691
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 426, 16 p. ; 21 cm


From Library Staff

A poignant novel set in 1967 captures the diverse viewpoints and private lives of one American family, the Espejos, as their lives are irrevocably transformed by the Vietnam War, from Rosario, the dying family matriarch, to Gustavo, the rebellious oldest son who is about to receive his draft noti... Read More »

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