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ISBN: 978-1-55885-490-1
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 8 7/16 inches
Language: Spanish

¡Macho!

Victor Villaseñor

This gripping novel boils with the conflict of spiritual, social, and economic values during the coming of age of a young Mexican immigrant in the United States. Seventeen-year-old Roberto Garcia has big hopes for a future different from that of his compatriots in the highlands of Michoacan. Inspired by his thirst for the prosperous life that he dreams of on the other side of the border, Roberto steps into the dangerous trail that so many immigrants have taken before him, a trail that leads him away from his home into the dangers of the world outside.

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This gripping novel boils with the conflict of spiritual, social, and economic values during the coming of age of a young Mexican immigrant in the United States. Seventeen-year-old Roberto Garcia has big hopes for a future different from that of his compatriots in the highlands of Michoacan. Inspired by his thirst for the prosperous life that he dreams of on the other side of the border, Roberto steps into the dangerous trail that so many immigrants have taken before him, a trail that leads him away from his home into the dangers of the world outside.

In Macho! the reader experiences what it is like to grow up in the mountains of Mexico and then make the arduous journey north to work in the United States. As the story unfolds, you become one with the culture and values that determine life and death, as well as success, or failure, among the young and old who, drawn by the promise of a better life for their family in Mexico through the dollars they earn across the border.

Through his choice to go north. Roberto experiences in the span of a few months, what most would not see in a lifetime. Powerfully written, Macho! captures the raw emotion, intensity, and vitality of surviving while confronting the best and worst of people and life.

Roberto García, un joven de diecisiete años, tiene grandes esperanzas de tener un futuro distinto al de sus compatriotas de las montañas de Michoacán. Deseoso de una vida próspera que supone se encuentra al otro lado de la frontera, Roberto inicia la peligrosa odisea que muchos inmigrantes han emprendido antes que él.

De inmediato, Roberto se encuentra en la tierra prometida: en medio de campos dorados y huertos fértiles donde puede hacer más dinero en una semana que en un año de trabajo en su pueblo. Sin embargo, rápidamente aprende que el arduo trabajo en los sembradíos bajo el imponente sol no lo llenan de la riqueza, la libertad y del poder que ambicionaba. Roberto está decidido a abrirse paso en la vida aún en el mundo de trenes atiborrados, de desiertos mortales y de condiciones horripilantes.

Esta apasionante novela de Victor Villaseñor, autor de Lluvia de oro, está repleta de los conflictos espirituales y sociales y los valores económicos de un joven mexicano que se convierte en hombre en los Estados Unidos.

 

Meet the Author

Victor Villaseñor is a writer whose works have brought Mexican-American culture and literature to a wide audience. Victor was raised on a ranch in Carlsbad, CA. Since his parents were born in Mexico, Victor spoke only Spanish at home until he began school. After years of facing language and cultural barriers, heavy discrimination and a reading disability, later diagnosed as dyslexia. Victor dropped out of high school and moved to Mexico. There he discovered a wealth of Mexican art, literature, and music that helped him recapture and understand the dignity and richness of his heritage. Victor returned to the U.S. at the age of 20, but felt the old frustration and rage return as he witnessed again the disregard toward poor and uneducated people. Then a chance encounter with James Joyce's Portrait Of An Artist As A Young Man changed Victor's life. It awakened a desire to confront through literature the problems associated with his cultural heritage that continued to plague him.

Press Reviews

“It rings true. His sentences and his characters have the smell of rish earth and honest sweat about them. His story, too, is direct and exciting.”

—The San Francisco Examiner

“Macho! is poetic in its devotion to realistic detail and classic spareness of style...The clarity that comes from Villaseñor's personal and cultural experience is not matched in any of Steinbeck's major works.”

—The Los Angeles Times

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