Happy Birthday Jesusby Ronald L. Ruiz
The boiling pot of emotions that finally erupts in young Jesus has been cooking for years on the flames of religious fanaticism, poverty and race hatred. Transformed into the perfect victim by his grandmother, a religious fanatic, and the teachings of his parish priest, Jesus is progressively abused and brutalized. At eighteen, he marks his coming of age with the savage rape of a prostitute, the only person who loved him, and with an attack that maims the parish priest he both hated and feared. Jesus graduates from the supposedly nurturing institutions of family, church and school into the labyrinth of horrors that is the correctional system.
- Arte Publico Press
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Meet the Author
After reading Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment at the age of 17, Ronald L. Ruiz says he knew he wanted to be a writer, but knew nothing about the craft. His first novel, Happy Birthday Jesús, was published 36 years later to good reviews.
Ruiz practiced criminal law for over 36 years in California, and at the end of his legal career was the District Attorney of his county. One of only six Mexican-American lawyers in Northern California during his early years, he saw a transformation in the criminal justice system that would make anyone wonder whether there had been "progress." Appointed by California's Governor to the Agriculture Labor Relations Board from 1976-1980, Ruiz saw first-hand the labor strife in California's agricultural industry between César Chavez's UFW and the growers. What he saw and experienced throughout his career serves as a basis for his writing.
He always managed to find time to write while working and now retired, Ruiz continues to write every day, saying he feels fortunate to have found something in writing that sustains him.
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