A Glass of Water by Jimmy Santiago Baca

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A Glass of Water is a gripping tale of family, loyalty, ambition, and revenge that offers an intimate look into the tragedies unfurling at our country’s borders. The first novel from award-winning memoirist, poet, and activist, Jimmy Santiago Baca, it is a passionate and galvanizing addition to Chicano literature.

The promise of a new beginning brings Casimiro and Nopal together when they are young immigrants, having made the nearly deadly journey across the border from Mexico. They settle into a life of long days in the chili fields, and in a few years their happy union yields two sons, Lorenzo and Vito. But when Nopal is brutally murdered, the boys are left to navigate life in this brave but capricious new world without her.

A Glass of Water is a searing, heartfelt tribute to brotherhood, and an arresting portrait of the twisted paths people take to claim their piece of the ever-elusive American dream.

About Jimmy Santiago Baca

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Jimmy Santiago Baca was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is the author of several collections of poetry, a novel, a story collection, and the acclaimed memoir A Place to Stand, which has been made into a feature documentary. His awards and honors include the National Endowment of Poetry Award, Pushcart Prize, Southwest Book Award, American Book Award, and the International Hispanic Heritage Award.
Published September 14, 2010 by Grove Press. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Fiction

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Mexican-American brothers struggle against prejudice and adversity in this first novel from poet/memoirist Baca (The Importance of a Piece of Paper, 2004, etc.).

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of A Glass of Water

Publishers Weekly

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Poet Baca's blistering novel takes to task the treatment of Mexican migrant workers in the US. When a young Mexican couple, Casimiro and Nopal, cross the border in 1984, their new life begins

Aug 10 2009 | Read Full Review of A Glass of Water

Austin Chronicle

Jimmy Santiago Baca's poems read like novels, and his novels read like poems.

Oct 23 2009 | Read Full Review of A Glass of Water

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