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The Ghost of John Wayne, and Other Stories

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The vast Texas borderland is a place divided, a land of legends and lies, sanctification and sinfulness, history and amnesia, haunted by the ghosts of the oppressed and the forgotten, who still stir beneath the parched fields and shimmering blacktops. It is a realm filled with scorpion eaters and mescal drinkers, cowboys and Indians, Anglos and Chicanos, spirit horses and

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Hardcover, 168 pages
Published December 31st 2001 by University of Arizona Press (first published 2001)
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(3.5 stars) This is a collection of short stories, all based in the US/Mexico borderland region. They range greatly in topics from issues with illegal border crossings and corruption in "Invisible Country", to ghosts of Mexican soldiers in the Alamo ("The Ghost of John Wayne"), to more fanciful tales such as "Circling the Tortilla Dragon" where a young boy fights a dragon and vanquishes him by an unusual method. Full of the atmosphere of the region, many of the stories have hints of magical real ...more
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The work of award-winning poet and editor Ray Gonzalez is inextricably linked to his Mexican ancestry and his American southwestern upbringing. Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Gonzalez has employed Chicano imagery in his poetry, oftentimes alluding to America's indigenous past, and particularly to the southwestern desert cultures. Gonzalez has published several collections of his poetry and has ...more
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