González and Daughter Trucking Co.: A Road Novel with Literary License

González and Daughter Trucking Co.: A Road Novel with Literary License

by María Amparo Escandón


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González and Daughter Trucking Co.: A Road Novel with Literary License 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
CatieN on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Libertad is an American girl (Mexican father and American mother) who is incarcerated in a prison in Mexico for a crime that is not revealed until the end of the book. All of the inmates talk about their own crimes and each others' crimes except for Libertad. Instead, she starts a reading group in the prison library and each week reads aloud to the other female prisoners. The majority of them are illiterate and do not realize she is not reading from the book in her hand but is telling them her life story. Explores father-daughter relationships, how running from the past can destroy the future, and love and forgiveness. There is a magical quality to the book that is mesmerizing. Loved the characters and loved the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One would think a story told by a young woman from inside a Mexican prison would be dreary. Not at all! She tells of her unusual upbringing, always holding back some key details that keep you wanting to hear more. Throughout her tale you'll be rooting for this likeable girl, Libertad, and smiling at the end.
blankiecuppareader More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent, fictional short read that is uniquely written from an imprisoned young woman's perspective. She is co-author and story teller of her life on the open highways with her over protective father, which was oddly more of a prison than the real one she eventually ended up in. The real prison was also where she was free to grow up. Well constructed. I loved it!
Jan_in_Aurora More than 1 year ago
Our book club found this book highly original with a finely crafted plot that provided insights into the life and coping of this woman as she lived in a Mexian womens' prison. Her story was poignant and her spirit remarkable. We found the settings fascinating. We agreed that this book should have been more vigorously marketed. It was hard to find in bookstores when it should have been out on front display tables!
Amazing_Grace More than 1 year ago
The author keeps your attention throughout this story of a protective father and innocent daughter. The way the author finally reveals how Libertad got in this situation is very original. Escandon portrays all of the characters in an endearing manner. I do recommend this book and can't wait to read her other book "Esperanza's Box of Saints".
Guest More than 1 year ago
González and Daughter Trucking Co. by María Amparo Escandón is a wonderful story. It was published by the Three Rivers Press in New York, 2005. Libertad, the main character, is in the Mexicali Penal Institution in Mexico¾the exact reason is unknown. Through a book club she starts there, she tells her life story. She was raised by her father as a trucker, her mother having died when she was a baby. Her parents met when González (her dad) illegally went into the United States from Mexico. Libertad learned all she knows from him, and loves to read and write. She has her mother¿s green eyes, and her father¿s deep skin tone. Her father is paranoid, and when Libertad starts to like a man named Martin, he pulls them apart. Libertad runs away, trying to reach Martin again, and all pandemonium breaks loose. The theme of the story is the bonds of family and friends. Many bonds are tested throughout the story through loss and various obstacles. This includes the relationship between Libertad and her father, Martin, and her fellow inmate Maciza. Quarrels with her dad, and separation from Martin test their bonds, and Maciza defending Libertad in prison shows their friendship. Libertad has a very important role in this story. She helps many people out, such as her father. When her father lost her mom, he turns to her to give his life structure and reason. Her father was a very paranoid man, and Libertad does what it takes to help him get through his worries of being sent back to Mexico. She also brings happiness to her inmates. Through the library club, many prisoners find joy in listening to Libertad¿s story. The story is all about her life, making her extremely significant. This book was extremely fun to read. Usually, books are hard to get through, leaving me bored and not wanting to read on. The ends of the chapters got me hooked into reading more, such as when Libertad and Diva, an inmate, are about to get caught using the scissors in the warden¿s office. ¿But the most immediate problem was only a few feet away¿A punishment, a tough one, was coming.¿ Second, I enjoyed some of the humor woven into the book. Once, after González discovers a bug in Libertad¿s mouth as a baby, he said to her, ¿Well I guess that was your protein for the day.¿ Then he proceeds to forget the diapers for Libertad that were airing out on trees, simply leaving them there for someone else to discover. The book also told a great, informative story. It has a different take on the illegal immigration from Mexico into the United States, and a look into the life of a trucker. Through all these things, it was difficult to put the book down. I learned about different ways of life and loss. Libertad is put through a loss of a mother. Simply imaging not having a mother is astonishing and seems nearly impossible. The life of a trucker is also explained, but not always in a good light. It is tedious, and sometimes takes you away from your family and friends for long periods of time. The illegal immigration from Mexico to the United States is also spoken about. It creates sympathy for illegal immigrants, because González is one. What he was running away from is terrible. After all, if he hadn¿t crossed illegally, Libertad would not exist, for González would never meet Virginia. This book helped me have a better understanding of different perspectives, life styles, and losses. I would recommend this book. I would suggest it to someone with an open mind, and who is mature. Some parts of the book are graphic and inappropriate for immature readers. Anyone into adventure would love this book, as it a life on the road and in a Mexican prison.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bravo, Bravo, Bravo, What a display of creativity, style and sense of humor, great read, great discussion for book club in Cincinnati Ohio, extremely enjoyable. Can not wait to read the next one, 'CarCass' Una vez mas, Bravo paisana!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've waited a long time for this, Escandon's second book, sure that it would be every bit as wonderful as her first. And it didn't disappoint! Both her books call for two readings - the first because you absolutely can't put it down the first time, and the second because you want more time to savor every single word, every single character, every single allusion. If you haven't read 'Esperanza's Book of Saints' - her first - do so before you tackle a second reading of Gonzalez and Daughter Trucking. You will find a joyful surprise in the latter book that you wouldn't catch if you missed her first one. Gonzalez and Daughter Trucking was worth the long wait. Bravo, Maria Amparo Escandon!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A tale so eloquently told... I don't know if I cried because of how it ended or because it ended. It provides a poignant look at a relationship between an insightful, intelligent, and naive young woman and her loving, yet paranoid father. It raises questions about what happens when fathers are forced to raise their daughters alone, and provides possible answers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved the main characters, loved the quirkiness of the life on the road, the life in the surrealistic Mexican prison and the diverse ways of telling the story and loved staying late until I could find out what happened. Hated that it ended, Very highly recommended.