The Farthest Home Is in an Empire of Fire by John Phillip Santos
A Tejano Elegy

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"Wonderful...a book that connects us to the global story of ourselves." -Sandra Cisneros

In this beautifully written, highly original work, John Phillip Santos- the author of Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation-creates a virtuosic meditation on ancestry and origins. Weaving together a poetic mix of family remembrance, personal odyssey, conquest history, and magical realism, Santos recounts his quest to find the missing chronicle of his mother's family, who arrived in southern Texas in the 1620s. As Santos traces their roots to northern Spain, he re-imagines the way we think about identity. The result is a uniquely engaging adventure in the frontier between self and family, past and present, at a time when breakthroughs in genetics are changing our window on history.


 

About John Phillip Santos

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John Phillip Santos, born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, is the first Mexican American Rhodes Scholar whose awards include the Academy of American Poets' Prize at Notre Dame and the Oxford Prize for fiction. His articles on Latino culture have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and the San Antonio Express-News. Writer and producer of more than forty television documentaries for CBS-TV and PBS-TV, two of them Emmy nominees, he lives in New York City.
 
Published January 12, 2010 by Penguin Books. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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A fascinating though convoluted tale of identity by former CBS and PBS TV journalist Santos--the follow-up to Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation (1999).

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My San Antonio

This multidimensional work is subtitled "A Tejano Elegy," which "was meant to evoke the poignant sense that even as we discover new understandings of our past, we must also reconcile ourselves to the fact that we are becoming something new .

Apr 04 2010 | Read Full Review of The Farthest Home Is in an Em...

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