Macho!

Macho!

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by Victor Villasenor
     
 

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From a pioneer of modern U.S. Hispanic literature, and the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Loco Love and Rain of Gold, comes a gripping, coming-of-age tale that exposes the intensity and sheer will of one brave young immigrant who crosses the Mexican border.

Roberto Garcia is only seventeen, but he already has big dreams of

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From a pioneer of modern U.S. Hispanic literature, and the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Loco Love and Rain of Gold, comes a gripping, coming-of-age tale that exposes the intensity and sheer will of one brave young immigrant who crosses the Mexican border.

Roberto Garcia is only seventeen, but he already has big dreams of making his fortune, building a family, and gaining the respect of his community. With ambition to burn and a passion to prove his manhood, Roberto takes the dangerous journey north, crossing the Mexican border to pick fruit in the “golden fields” of California. It is said that a good man can make more money there in a week than in an entire year in the mountains of Michoacán, his home. With dreams that overshadow harsh realities, Roberto is unprepared for the jammed boxcars and bolted trucks that carry undervalued migrant workers through the searing desert to long days of harsh labor.

Raw, powerful, poetic, and heartbreaking, Macho! brings to life the brutality of migrant labor, Cesar Chavez’s efforts to unionize workers, and a vivid portrayal of the immigrant experience through the eyes of a brave young man who bids goodbye to everything he knows to follow his dreams.

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Publishers Weekly
Villaseñor's (Lion Eyes) sharp storytelling skills are on display in this reissue of his first novel, originally published in 1973. Roberto Garcia lives in the rural Michoacán mountains of Mexico. A nearby factory has polluted the air and destroyed crops, so Roberto earns a living for his family on a cattle ranch while his father wastes away in the local cantina. While in town, Roberto runs into a group of norteños, locals who make money working in the United States and are known by their nice clothes and Texan hats. Juan Aguilar, a friend of Roberto's father and one of the most experienced norteños, asks Roberto to go north with them. Realizing the money he could make and bring home to his family, Roberto agrees. On his epic journey north, Roberto stays in brutal and destitute temporary cities at the border and gets mixed up in a strike led by Cesar Chavez. When he receives word that his father has been killed by an old enemy, Roberto returns home, planning to avenge his father's death and consider what it really means to be a man. Interspersed with terse and bleak histories of Mexican migrant workers, Villaseñor's frank verisimilitude and story book tone combine to form an unforgettable read.
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“It rings true. [Villasenor’s] sentences and his characters have the smell of rich earth and honest sweat about them.”
—The San Francisco Examiner

Macho! is poetic in its devotion to realistic detail and classic sparseness of style.”
—Los Angeles Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582702735
Publisher:
Atria Books/Beyond Words
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
263,649
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Victor Villaseñor is an acclaimed, Mexican-American writer best known for the New York Times bestselling novel Rain of Gold. He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and Crazy Loco Love was chosen as the Best Biography in English at the 2009 International Latino Book Awards.

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Macho! 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
No matter where you come from or where you are, if you dream it, you can live it.Reading this book reasures you that everything and anything can be accomplished. Its good to know that someone like Mr. Villasenor is out there speaking about the struggle.Sometimes we tend to forget or simply ingore the important things in life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written, great story and unforgetable characters! This book takes you to the frontera where everyday our people FIGHT for their dreams. It's an eye-opener that makes you realize how our gente has struggled and fought to get here-and still is! It makes you feel proud to realize that the humble people that live in the ranchos are your people and they are stronger than most people realize.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im a mexican and i never new so much about the storys of mexico and the mexican heritage all of the books victor villasenor has writen are the best books ive ever felt like reading beacause its about the mexican heritage my heritage so read the books l8r
Guest More than 1 year ago
I NEVER KNEW MUCH OF MY MEXICAN HERRITAGE AND THIS BOOK TAUGHT ME SO MUCH ON IT. EVEN THOUGH THE STORY IS FICTION IT SEEMS SO REAL. THIS BOOK TAKES YOU INTO A WORLD YOU KNEW WAS OUT THERE BUT WAS TO AFRAID TO DISCOVER. AMAZING BOOK. You will be hooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book does not sugar coat the journey from Mexico to America. I own this book and every now and then I read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good horse it might say bad words and all but it is very touchig. It reminds me of my friend augie who came from mexico to be a strawberry picker and live in the biggest house in tijuana