192 pp. | paper only
novel by Rick Rivera
depicts the bonds that gradually develop between two memorable characters
of vastly different social, political, and spiritual backgrounds.
Plácido Moreno, a Mexican American, and Salvador Campos,
an undocumented immigrant, live on StarRidge Ranch in California,
which is owned by others but managed by Plącido's wife, Michelle,
a burned-out lawyer who feels her true calling is ranch life. As
Plącido and Salvador get to know each other, they become aware of
their similarities and shared Mexican culture as well as the differences
between them shaped by their backgrounds on opposite sides of the
border. All the characters, animal and human, experience the rhythms
of life as their ways and beliefs clash, sometimes humorously and
at other times with profound sadness.
Rivera's first novel, A Fabricated Mexican, was
published by Arte Público Press in 1995. He has worked as
an associate editor for Puerto del Sol at New Mexico State
University. He currently lives in California and teaches literature,
composition, and creative writing at a community college.