When a burnt-out hero of the Mexican Revolution arrives in San Diego, Texas, seeking refuge, he is soon entangled with a widow, her children and the town in a comedy of injured pride, unrequited love, misplaced revenge and overblown gossip.
“A shimmery magic-realism informs lives that would otherwise seem discouragingly impoverished and devoid of hope in this whimsical, mid-20th century love story.”—Publisher’s Weekly
“This is a delicious novel, funny and poignant at the same time.”—Rosellen Brown
Lionel García is the author of four award-winning novels, Leaving Home (Arte Público Press, 1994), A Shroud in the Family (Arte Público Press, 1994) , Hardscrub (Arte Público Press, 1994) and To a Widow with Children (Arte Público Press, 1994), and a collection of autobiographical sketches, I Can Hear the Cow Bells Ring (Arte Público Press, 1994). He is the recipient of the Texas Institute of Letters Best Novel Award and the Southwestern Booksellers Association’s Texas Literary Award. His work has received considerable critical praise, including comparisons by the Los Angeles Times to Gabriel García Márquez. Born and raised in San Diego, Texas, he currently practices veterinary medicine in Seabrook, Texas.