Rain of Gold (New Paperback Edition)


This story of a family that flees the chaos and violence of the Mexican Revolution resonates with many Mexican Americans because it tells the story of their family’s migration to the U.S.

by Victor Villaseñor

ISBN: 978-1-55885-809-1
Publication Date: March 31, 2015
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 489
Imprint: Piñata Books

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Rain of Gold is a true-life saga of love, family and destiny that pulses with bold vitality, sweeping from the war-ravaged Mexican mountains of Pancho Villa’s revolution to the days of Prohibition in California.

It all began when Villaseñor’s maternal grandmother sat him down in their little home in the barrio of Carlsbad, California, gave him sweet bread and told him the story of their past. Of his mother Lupe, the most beautiful girl in the whole village, who was only a child when Villa’s men came shooting into their canyon. And of his father Juan and his family, reduced to rags and starvation as they sought refuge across the border, where they believed that endless opportunity awaited.

Lupe and Juan met and fell in love in California, but they found that the doors to the Promised Land were often closed to those from south of the border. His father was forced to take the law into his own hands, in spite of his wife’s objections. With humor and warmth, Villaseñor shares this passionate love story that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit.