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Names on A Map

A Novel
Sáenz, Benjamin Alire (Book - 2008)
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Names on A Map
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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.
Authors: Sáenz, Benjamin Alire
Title: Names on a map
a novel
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 426, 16 p. ; 21 cm
Notes: Includes interviews and features
Awards & Distinctions: Reading Group Books 2009
ISBN: 9780061285691
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Statement of Responsibility: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Subject Headings: Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Mexican Americans Fiction Draft Fiction Mexican American families Fiction Mexican Americans Texas El Paso Fiction
Topical Term: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Mexican American families
Mexican Americans
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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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