Size: 6 x 9
Along the Border Lies
A ZYZZYVA First Novel
Paul S. Flores
The contemporary U.S.-Mexican border may divide the first world from the third, but for those who live beneath its shadow, la frontera often unites what it was meant to separate. Along the Border Lies tells the story of five Mexican and Mexican American characters living between San Diego and Tijuana: Alfredo Burns, a confused teenager from Chula Vista who forms a vigilante group to assault illegal immigrants; Miranda Cascabel, a former Tijuana debutante and single mother, involved with a powerful Mexican drug cartel; Gabe Aguilar, an ex-con; his father, a Border Patrol agent; and Edgar Revuelta, a Chicano painter. Infused with a radical-political critique, Along the Border Lies represents the complexities of bi-cultural experience in the style of a popular novel.
Review: Flores takes the risk of saying things we really haven't heard, unleashing characters and voices and relationships that we need to witness, that Latino fiction has not fully confronted. His voices are stark, naked, trembling and real-eyed. Having lived on the San Diego-Tijuana Frontera, and having known familias on all sides of that crazy-in between-colony, his novel speaks of and for those fleeting lives.
-Juan Felipe Hererra, Author of Crash, Boom, Love!
Bio: PAUL S. FLORES was born in 1972, in Gary, Indiana. He grew up in Chula Vista, California, three miles from the Mexican border. He has an M.F.A. in creative writing from San Francisco State and is a staff member at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley, educational director of Youth Speaks, and artistic coordinator of the HipHop Hybrid workshop at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco. A founding member of Los Delicados, he has performed music, theater, and spoken word all over the West Coast, Texas and New York City. Los Delicados recently released their first CD, Word Descarga, from Calaca Press. He lives with his wife in Oakland.