- Paperback: 98 pages
- Publisher: Miami Univ Pr (Oct. 27 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1881163571
- ISBN-13: 978-1881163572
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 0.6 x 19.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 358 g
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Camp Olvido: A Novella Paperback – Oct 27 2015
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About the Author
Lawrence Coates is the author of four novels, most recently The Goodbye House. He has received such honors as the Western States Book Award in Fiction and an NEA Fellowship in Fiction. He teaches Creative Writing at Bowling Green State University.
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Esteban, the protagonist, lives on the illegal margin of small time bootlegging, providing alcohol to California Mexican farm workers. His good intentions and humanity run him afoul of the all powerful bosses.
Cover and set up are stark for this dark story. No quotation marks, just new paragraphs. Dash line for something akin to Chapter headings. There are some interesting saltings of Spanish, like the word for wings, as in rolling up the side brims of your hat.
Coates' writing is direct and economic, and his story construction excellent. My single criticism is that he should use his talents and knowledge to address the current plight of illegal Hispanic workers and their families.