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By Benjamin Alire Saenz

The Espejo relatives of El Paso, Texas, is like such a lot of others in the USA in 1967, attempting to make experience of a swiftly escalating warfare they believe doesn't obstacle them. but if the eldest son, Gustavo, a fancy and errant insurgent, gets a professional letter ordering him to report back to simple education, he chooses to escape as a substitute to Mexico. taking flight again to the land of his grandfather—a overseas kingdom to which he's not culturally connected—Gustavo units into movement a sequence of occasions that would have catastrophic results at the fragile bonds protecting the relatives jointly.

instructed with uncooked energy and searing bluntness, and full of very important topics as instant as today’s headlines, Names on a Map is arguably an important paintings up to now of an important American literary artist.

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